5.3.10. Metcombine Description Processing Order Files and Environment Variables Description

Metcombine combines 2-D gridded meteorology data with the 1st layer of 3-D gridded meteorology data to create custom files for on-road mobile processing with MOVES. To calculate humidity data for use in MOVES, the program Met4moves needs temperature, pressure, and water vapor mixing ratio data in the same meteorology file. Pressure and mixing ratio data are typically found in the MET_CRO_3D file with the variable names PRES and QV, respectively. The MET_CRO_2D file usually contains ground-level temperatures (TEMPG), 1.5 meter temperatures (TEMP1P5), 2 meter temperatures (TEMP2), and 10 meter temperatures (TEMP10). While it is possible to use air temperature data from the MET_CRO_3D file (variable named TA), it is generally recommended to use temperature data from closer to the ground, i.e. ground or 1.5 meter temperatures from MET_CRO_2D. Metcombine is used to create custom meteorology files that contain the variables PRES, QV, and TEMPG (or any other temperature variable).

The program takes two I/O API NetCDF gridded meteorology files as input. The files must have identical grid paramaters, start dates and times, time steps, and run lengths. Metcombine is generally used to combine a 2-D file with a 3-D file, but the program is not restricted to that combination; it can be used to combine two 2-D files or the 1st layers of two 3-D files. Processing Order

Metcombine can optionally be run before Met4moves. If used, Metcombine must be run for each individual meteorology file you need to create. For example, if you have five days worth of meteorology data as one-day files, you’ll need to run Metcombine five times. If the meteorology variables you wish to use are already in the same file, then you do not need to use Metcombine. Example: If you decide to use ambient air temperature (TA) from the same METCRO_3D file that also contains PRES and QV, then you do not need to run Metcombine. Files and Environment Variables Input Files
File Name Format Description
METFILE1 I/O API NetCDF First gridded meteorology file; can be either a 2-D or 3-D file
METFILE2 I/O API NetCDF Second gridded meteorology file; can be either a 2-D or 3-D file Input Environment Variables
  • VARLIST: [default: none]

    Sets the names of the variables that will be read from METFILE1 and METFILE2. Each variable must occur in exactly one of the meteorology files, i.e. the same variable cannot be in both files. Output Files
File Name Format Description
OUTFILE I/O API NetCDF 2-D output meteorology file. This file contains the variables requested in VARLIST; for 3-D data, OUTFILE will only contain the 1st layer of data. OUTFILE will have the same grid parameters, start date and time, time step, and run length as METFILE1 and METFILE2.