Reanalysis

Comprehensive weather and climate datasets, reanalyses assimilate a variety of observations of the atmosphere, land surface, and ocean into a forecast model to provide a dynamically consistent estimate of the climate state at each time step.

Below is the atmospheric reanalysis overview page, which summarizes the attributes of the major atmospheric reanalyses. This section also includes selected oceanic reanalyses, although an overview is not available yet.

To find a specific reanalysis, jump to the search box below or click your desired reanalysis from among the blue sub-category buttons.

To see only the reanalyses pages accompanied by in-depth commentary, select the "Datasets with guidance" button when using the search box.

Climate datasets

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Climate Data Guide NCEP Reanalysis (R2)
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NCEP-DOE Reanalysis II (R2) is an improved version of the NCEP-NCAR Reanalysis I (R1). The improvements include an updated model with better physical parameterizations, assorted data assimilation errors were fixed and additional data were included. Still, it…

Main variables and Earth System components

Atmosphere Air Temperature Geopotential Height Precipitable water
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    • Sub-daily, Daily, Monthly
    • Collections

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  • Experts contributing reviews

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NCEP NARR NCEP NARR
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A high resolution (32km x 29 pressure levels) data set focused upon the North American Region. Relative to the NCEP-DOE (R2) it has a much improved land-hydrology, diurnal cycle and land-atmosphere interaction. As such, it can be considered a second generation…

Main variables and Earth System components

Atmosphere Air Temperature Geopotential Height Precipitable water Land
    • Timestep

    • Climatology, Sub-daily, Monthly
    • Collections

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  • Experts contributing reviews

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