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THE NERC MST RADAR FACILITY AT ABERYSTWYTH
DATA FILE NAMING CONVENTIONS
The British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) make the following
recommendations for data storage:
The fields shown in square brackets are optional. The BADC maintains a list of accepted instrument and location names.
All of the files generated by the NERC MST Radar Facility since around 2005 have followed the above naming convention (albeit without the use of an institution name in the instrument name field). A number of legacy files exist which follow a similar, but more restricted, file naming convention:
The file name extensions are typically one of the following:
Dealing with .gz and .tgz extension files
These binary files have been compressed using the GNU gzip function. On a Linux/Unix system they can be uncompressed with the command:
In the case of the .gz extension files, this gives an ASCII file with the name filename, which has no extension. In the case of the .tgz extension files, this gives an archive file (which contains a number of separate files) with the name filename.tar. The individual (ASCII) files are retrieved with the command:
On a Windows machine, these functions can be achieved through a tool such as WinZip. NOTE, however, that this gives rise to an unexpected change in file name in the case of the unaveraged wind files.
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