SYNTAXncdiff [-3] [-4] [-6] [-A] [-C] [-c] [-D dbg] [-d dim,[ min][,[ max]]] [-F] [-h] [-L dfl_lvl] [-l path] [-O] [-p path] [-R] [-r] [-v var[,...]] [-x] file_1 file_2 file_3
ncdiff subtracts variables in file_2 from the corresponding variables (those with the same name) in file_1 and stores the results in file_3. Variables in file_2 are broadcast to conform to the corresponding variable in file_1 if necessary. Broadcasting a variable means creating data in non-existing dimensions from the data in existing dimensions. For example, a two dimensional variable in file_2 can be subtracted from a four, three, or two (but not one or zero) dimensional variable (of the same name) in file_1. This functionality allows the user to compute anomalies from the mean. Note that variables in file_1 are not broadcast to conform to the dimensions in file_2. Thus, ncdiff, the number of dimensions, or rank, of any processed variable in file_1 must be greater than or equal to the rank of the same variable in file_2. Furthermore, the size of all dimensions common to both file_1 and file_2 must be equal.
When computing anomalies from the mean it is often the case that file_2 was created by applying an averaging operator to a file with the same dimensions as file_1, if not file_1 itself. In these cases, creating file_2 with ncra rather than ncwa will cause the ncdiff operation to fail. For concreteness say the record dimension in file_1 is time. If file_2 were created by averaging file_1 over the time dimension with the ncra operator rather than with the ncwa operator, then file_2 will have a time dimension of size 1 rather than having no time dimension at all In this case the input files to ncdiff, file_1 and file_2, will have unequally sized time dimensions which causes ncdiff to fail. To prevent this from occuring, use ncwa to remove the time dimension from file_2. An example is given below.
ncdiff will never difference coordinate variables or variables of type NC_CHAR or NC_BYTE. This ensures that coordinates like (e.g., latitude and longitude) are physically meaningful in the output file, file_3. This behavior is hardcoded. ncdiff applies special rules to some NCAR CSM fields (e.g., ORO). See NCAR CSM Conventions for a complete description. Finally, we note that ncflint (ncflint netCDF File Interpolator) can be also perform file subtraction (as well as addition, multiplication and interpolation).
Say files 85_0112.nc and 86_0112.nc each contain 12 months of data. Compute the change in the monthly averages from 1985 to 1986:
- ncdiff 86_0112.nc 85_0112.nc 86m85_0112.nc
The following examples demonstrate the broadcasting feature of ncdiff. Say we wish to compute the monthly anomalies of T from the yearly average of T for the year 1985. First we create the 1985 average from the monthly data, which is stored with the record dimension time.
ncra 85_0112.nc 85.nc
ncwa -O -a time 85.nc 85.nc
- ncwa -a time 85_0112.nc 85.nc
- ncdiff -v T 85_0112.nc 85.nc t_anm_85_0112.nc
Say we wish to compute the monthly gridpoint anomalies from the zonal annual mean. A zonal mean is a quantity that has been averaged over the longitudinal (or x) direction. First we use ncwa to average over longitudinal direction lon, creating xavg_85.nc, the zonal mean of 85.nc. Then we use ncdiff to subtract the zonal annual means from the monthly gridpoint data:
ncwa -a lon 85.nc xavg_85.nc
ncdiff 85_0112.nc xavg_85.nc tx_anm_85_0112.nc
As a final example, say we have five years of monthly data (i.e., 60 months) stored in 8501_8912.nc and we wish to create a file which contains the twelve month seasonal cycle of the average monthly anomaly from the five-year mean of this data. The following method is just one permutation of many which will accomplish the same result. First use ncwa to create the file containing the five-year mean:
- ncwa -a time 8501_8912.nc 8589.nc
- ncdiff 8501_8912.nc 8589.nc t_anm_8501_8912.nc
foreach idx (01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12)
ncks -F -d time,,,12 t_anm_8501_8912.nc foo.
ncra foo. t_anm_8589_.nc
- ncra -F -d time,,,12 t_anm_8501_8912.nc foo.
- ncrcat t_anm_8589_??.nc t_anm_8589_0112.nc
AUTHORNCO manual pages written by Charlie Zender and Brian Mays.
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