NERC MSTRF file formats

The preferred file formats for datasets stored on the British Atmospheric Data Centre are: Both are self-descriptive and well-documented, ensuring that the file contents are easy to access and easy to understand. A number of legacy files still exist in non-standard formats, but all new datasets created between 2001 and 2006 have used the NASA-AMES format. Beginning in November 2006, data from the version-3 MST radar signal processing scheme have been written straight to netCDF format files.

Follow this link to find out about the formats used for particular files.

Why netCDF has been chosen over NASA-Ames for the version-3 MST radar data:
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Archiving conventions
File naming convention
File contents (and individual file formats)
The structure of a netCDF file
External Links:
BADC data management plan for UFAM/UWERN datasets
BADC introduction to the NASA-Ames and NetCDF file formats
Full description of the NASA-Ames formats: Gaines and Hipskind [1998]
NetCDF Climate and Forecasts (CF) Metadata Convention