The BADC is encouraging all UTLS Ozone projects and campaigns to deliver data in either NetCDF (binary) or NASA Ames (ASCII) format. To ensure the future usability of the data, it is important to include all necessary information about the data with the file. This is termed metadata. The data files submitted should conform to the Climate and Forecasts (CF) Metadata Convention. If you wish to check that files are correctly formatted before uploading them please use the NetCDF format checker or NASA-Ames format checker.
Advice on standardising filenames is provided on the file-naming convention page along with a list of common names used for instruments, locations etc. in filenames. For data files from instruments operating on the FAAM aircraft, there are extra filename fields, see the FAAM filenaming convention page.
Many data files contain the variable time which can be expressed in several ways. Guidelines on the recommended format of the time-variable header lines, units and the data values in Nasa-Ames files are available and are based on the format used in NetCDF.
Alternatively, if you have a large number of files to upload, you can do so by ftp, using your BADC userID and password. The BADC ftp server address is ftp.badc.rl.ac.uk (go to /incoming/utls/ and look for the appropriate subdirectory).
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