NetCDF-4 is the baseline format for the FCI, LI and IRS instrument dataset generation. NetCDF-4 offers a number of advantageous features, including:
- Ability to cope with large dataset sizes — ~7 Gbytes for Full Disc archived dataset for MTG compared to the current ~220 Mbytes.
- Datasets are self describing.
- Groups allow potential for easier subsetting.
BUFR, GRIB and other formats will be used where there is already a product delivered in that particular format.
When available further information will be added to EUMETSAT’s MTG Data page.