[ncl-talk] the method for global avereage

Dennis Shea shea at ucar.edu
Wed Feb 17 11:23:39 MST 2016

```[1]
The sqrt(clat) is used for EOF calculations because a covariance matrix is
used. Each entry into the covariance array may be from different latitudes.
Values at the same latitude would yield ...  sqrt(clat))*sqrt(clat))=clat.
The sqrt for a global average should not be used.

In any case, there is no need to use:  clat=doubletofloat(f->lat)

[2]  In any case, your method 1 should be

wt        = conform(tas,clat,0)
tave1   = sum(tas*wt)/sum(wt)   ;;method1 ... weighted average

[3]
If the grid is gaussian, you should use gaussian weights.
Usually, the gaussian weights are provided on the source file.
If they are not on the file , use

https://www.ncl.ucar.edu/Document/Functions/Contributed/latGauWgt.shtml

Then use wgt_areaave

Cheers

On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 11:06 AM, Sitan Heyl <heylsitan at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>   I know two methods (as below) to calculate global average, but I don't
> know which one is right or better. before, I always use method 1. but I
> find the results of two methods are not same.
>   by the way, is the method 1 right if the grid is gaussian grid?
>
>
> tas=f->tmp(1000,:,:)
> printVarSummary(tas)
> clat=doubletofloat(f->lat)
>
> wt=tas
> wt=tas*conform(tas,clat,0)
> tave1=avg(wt)   ;;method1
>
> tave2=wgt_areaave(tas,clat,1.0,1) ;;method2
>
> print(tave1)
> print(tave2)
>
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