This is an announcement, request for help and call to spread the word about the UK Met Office’s response to the UK Royal Society’s RAMP initiative (the same one mentioned by Tom Nicholas on this Discourse a few weeks ago). Details in this blogpost.
The UK Met Office have been working with a couple groups of epidemiologists (UK and USA) to provide Met Office data to understand any links between the spread of COVID-19 and environmental factors. To find out more please refer to our blogpost announcement. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, but if you want guidance on accessing the data or the platform please refer to the blogpost (our processes for granting access may change). You can also subscribe to our Google Groups mailing list for updates.
We have made available global hourly and daily meteorological data for 01 Jan 2020 - 12 April 2020*, as well as high resolution UK data. These are available as NetCDF files. Variables include air temperature, sunshine, specific humidity, precipitation and air pressure, but may include more in the future.
Part of our work has also involved collating daily spatial mean values for these variables for each reporting region in the UK and state county in the USA (as CSV files).
Microsoft are providing us storage on Azure blob storage and we aim to have this available on Azure Open Datasets soon.
*We will be updating with new data on a weekly basis.
Request for help:
If anybody wants to provide some helping hands, please contact us! (email@example.com)
Due to limited bandwidth, we are currently seeking help with:
- Responding to user queries and requests for specific processing.
- Representing/storing the NetCDF data as Zarrs, and keeping them updated.
- Automating our data processing pipeline (NetCDF to CSV).
- Subsetting NetCDF with Shapefiles using Xarray (currently using Iris and Cartopy).
- Help/information on what the COVID-19 response community need/want.
And if you have ideas or comments please let us know!
Spread the word:
We are keen to spread the word amongst the scientific community. If you know any scientists working on COVID-19 who would be interested in access to meteorological data please share our blogpost or put them in contact with us on firstname.lastname@example.org.