File naming convention
Data files are named using the following convention:
aggregation method>)_<time period>(-<change type>).nc
<variable> is the climate variable code:
- epanave = average pan evaporation at the surface
- evspsbl = evapotranspiration at the surface
- hurs = relative humidity at 2 m above the surface
- pr = precipitation at the surface
- rsds = solar radiation at the surface
- sfcWind = average wind speed at 10 m above the surface
- tas = average daily temperature at 2 m above the surface
- tasmax = maximum daily temperature at 2 m above the surface
- tasmin = minimum daily temperature at 2 m above the surface
<domain> The name of the 'domain' or geographic area covered by the dataset:
- VIC-5 = all data for VCP19 are from the VIC-5 domain
<host name> is the name of the 'host' model which was downscaled. Model names follow the format, INSTITUTION-MODEL:
<rcp> = Representative Concentration Pathway (more detail
- RCP4.5 ("medium emissions")
- RCP8.5 ("high emissions")
<run> = a descriptor that indicates the run, initialisation and parameterisation versions of the simulation:
- r1i1p1 = run 1, initialisation 1, parameterisation 1
<model description> = the details of the model used to produce this specific dataset:
- CSIRO-CCAM-r3355 = CSIRO's Conformal Cubic Atmospheric Model published run r3355.
- CSIRO-CCAM-r3355-PctlChg-wrt-1986-2005-Scl = percentile changes relative to 1986-2005 from CCAM used to scale observed data.
<version> = version of the model as described by model description:
- v1 = version 1
<frequency> = the frequency (time-step) of the dataset (in datasets with multiple frequency data, the highest frequency or smallest time-step):
- day = daily
- mon = monthly
<season aggregation method> (when relevant) = the way the data (as described by 'frequency') have been aggregated:
- seasavg - averaged across the 'season' (which in this context can be month, 3-month season, 6-month season or annual)
- seassum - summed across the 'season'
<time period> = the range of years to which the future data relate. For:
- change data = the period over which the future change has been averaged.
- application-ready data = the period over which the time-series data extend.
<change type> (change data only) = type of change calculated for the time period:
- clim-abs-change-wrt-1986-2005 (climatology given as absolute change (e.g. in mm, Wm-2, °C) with respect to the 1986-2005 average).
- clim-perc-change-wrt-1986-2005 (climatology given as percentage change with respect to the 1986-2005 average).
.nc is the file extension for NetCDF files.
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Page updated: 8th October 2019