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MÉRA (Met Éireann ReAnalysis) Climate Reanalysis

Climate reanalysis is a systematic approach used to produce meteorological datasets for climate monitoring and research. They are created using a fixed version of a forecast model and a data assimilation system which utilises historical observations and they produce parameters that are physically consistent and often not routinely observed. Thus, climate reanalyses have the potential to extend the knowledge gained from current observation networks.

Met Éireann has carried out a 35-year very high resolution (2.5 km horizontal grid) regional climate reanalysis for Ireland using the ALADIN-HIRLAM numerical weather prediction system (www.hirlam.org). This reanalysis spans the period 1981 to 2015 and includes surface, near-surface and atmospheric parameters and is the first of its kind for Ireland.

Overall, the model performed consistently over the 35-year time period and outperforms ECMWF's ERA-Interim global reanalysis (http://www.ecmwf.int/en/research/climate-reanalysis/era-interim), particularly in terms of standard deviations in screen-level temperatures and surface winds.

An initial analysis of the data is published in the ASR open-access journal:
http://www.adv-sci-res.net/14/49/2017/

MÉRA Data

1-month sample of some of the data (in GRIB 1 format) can be found below:
mean sea level pressure
surface pressure
2 m temperature
2 m relative humidity
10 m wind - u component
10 m wind - v component
total precipitation
soil temperature - level 0
soil temperature - level 1
soil moisture - level 1
net shortwave irradiance
net longwave irradiance
longwave irradiance
direct shortwave irradiance
global irradiance
direct normal irradiance

The list of available MÉRA data (available in GRIB format) can be found at this link: Grib Data in Pdf

The list of available MÉRA data available for download: meraDataForDownload.pdf

MÉRA FAQ

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