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Introduction

This section provides tutorials, guides, and code examples to help users access, use, and understand the POWER data products. This includes code examples to help programmatically access the POWER Data Archive through the Services Suite, how to use POWER Tools and Application, and the code that is used to compute parameters defined in the data methodology.

If there is a topic or topics you feel is missing please email POWER Project Team and we will look into providing the necessary information to help improve the useability of POWER.

Guidance on Downloading Global Time Series Data

The POWER Data Archive is a curated dataset and not static. Downloading the entire data set may not be the best approach depending on your situation. This is especially true for the 2-3 months after the current date when the long-term MERRA-2 data products become available and are used to supersede the quick look meteorological data products. Additionally, the POWER Data Archive actively changes/updates with bias corrections, model updates, and error fixes. For more information please review the POWER Methodology - Data Section, review the current Release Notes on the POWER Homepage, and/or ask a question (see bottom of homepage).

If your data needs require downloading via the POWER API:

  • Please ensure that you properly request data from the POWER Data Services at no higher than its current resolution. The POWER data products are currently available at 0.5 x 0.625 degree resolution for meteorology and 1 x 1 for solar parameters. If you are requesting data at a too high a resolution (i.e, less than 0.5 degree or about 50 km), you are potentially repetitively requesting the same information.
  • *Within two to three (2-3) months after real-time, the meteorological data products are replaced with improved climate quality data products. This needs to be taken into account when downloading the POWER Data Archive.
  • The POWER Dashboard Availability Daily & Hourly page can be used to determine current processing statuses.

If your data needs require downloading the entire POWER Data Archive:

For downloading the entire POWER Data Archive, it is recommended to use OPeNDAP. The OPeNDAP services do not include customized community based parameters conversions and all of the parameters that are available through the POWER API. To recreate the parameters not contained in the OPeNDAP archive, please review the POWER Methodology to find the equations required to compute that parameter.