Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) Operational Forecasts

browse graphicCFSv2 9-month run forecast of relative humidity (%) as 1-month average for entire atmosphere layer.
The Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) produced by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) is a fully coupled model representing the interaction between the Earth's oceans, land and atmosphere. The four-times-daily, 9-month control runs, consist of all 6-hourly forecasts, and the monthly means and variable time-series (all variables). The CFSv2 outputs include: 2-D Energetics (EGY); 2-D Surface and Radiative Fluxes (FLX); 3-D Pressure Level Data (PGB); 3-D Isentropic Level Data (IPV); 3-D Ocean Data (OCN); Low-resolution output (GRBLOW); Dumps (DMP); and High- and Low-resolution Initial Conditions (HIC and LIC). The monthly CDAS variable timeseries includes all variables. The CFSv2 period of record begins on April 1, 2011 and continues onward. CFS output is in GRIB-2 file format.
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  • NCEI DSI 2001_01
  • gov.noaa.class:NCDC-CFSV2_FORECAST
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00877
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Distribution Formats
  • GRIB (Version: Version 2)
    • File Specification: NCEP WMO GRIB2 Documentation: http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/docs/grib2/grib2_doc.shtml
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Coverage Description Global coverage for CFSv2 Forecasts.
Time Period 2011-04-01 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
Dataset Information
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2011-04-01
Data Presentation Form Digital model - multi-dimensional digital representation of a feature, process, etc.
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency Continual
Purpose The operational implementation of the CFSv2 Forecasts ensures a continuity of the climate record and provides a valuable up-to-date dataset to study many aspects of predictability on the seasonal and sub-seasonal scales. These real-time operational forecasts will be used by a wide community of users in their decision making processes in areas such as water management for rivers and agriculture, transportation, energy use by utilities, wind and other sustainable energy, and seasonal prediction of the hurricane season.
Dataset Citation
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Cited Authors
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP > National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Originators
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP > National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Altitude > Geopotential Height
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Pressure > Pressure Thickness
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Pressure > Sea Level Pressure
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Pressure > Surface Pressure
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Heat Flux
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Incoming Solar Radiation
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Longwave Radiation
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Outgoing Longwave Radiation
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Radiative Flux
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Shortwave Radiation
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature > Air Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Boundary Layer Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature > Maximum/Minimum Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Upper Air Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Water Vapor Indicators > Humidity
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Water Vapor Indicators > Total Precipitable Water
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Water Vapor Profiles
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Upper Level Winds > Boundary Layer Winds
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Wind Dynamics > Convergence
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Wind Dynamics > Divergence
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Wind Dynamics > Streamfunctions
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Wind Dynamics > Vertical Wind Velocity/Speed
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Wind Dynamics > Vorticity
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Wind Profiles
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Rate
  • Earth Science > Land Surface > Soils > Soil Moisture/Water Content
  • Earth Science > Land Surface > Surface Thermal Properties > Land Surface Temperature
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Sea Surface Topography > Sea Surface Height
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Salinity/Density > Salinity
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Temperature > Potential Temperature
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Temperature > Sea Surface Temperature
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Temperature > Thermocline
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Circulation > Ocean Currents
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Circulation > Upwelling/Downwelling
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Sea Ice > Ice Depth/Thickness
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Sea Ice > Sea Ice Concentration
  • Earth Science > Terrestrial Hydrosphere > Snow/Ice > Snow Water Equivalent
  • Earth Science > Land Surface > Soils > Soil Temperature
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Geographic Region > Global
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • CFSV2 > NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Boundary Layer
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
  • Vertical Location > Sea Surface
  • Vertical Location > Stratosphere
  • Vertical Location > Troposphere
Use Constraints
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Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement CFSv2 outputs were produced by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) and are archived at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • Environmental Modeling > Computer
Platform
  • Models/Analyses > NCEP-CFSV2 > NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2
Last Modified: 2018-05-25
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