3.3. One example of off-line surfex application

This example is based on the situation of the 25th of October 2004 at 06UTC and covers a temporal period of 24 hours. During this day an unstable weather was observed in France, especially in the Southern part.

Here, two different file formats are used as input for the externalized surface off-line software. Both are portable: the first format is netcdf and the second is the ascii one. Netcdf format has been chosen because of several participations of PILPS intercomparison projects that requires such format, due to its portability. It follows the Alma concept (proposed by Polcher in 1998).