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Climate Data Store API

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Install via pip with:

$ pip install cdsapi


Get your UID and API key from the CDS portal at the address and write it into the configuration file, so it looks like:

$ cat ~/.cdsapirc
key: <UID>:<API key>
verify: 0

Remember to agree to the Terms and Conditions of every dataset that you intend to download.


Perform a small test retrieve of ERA5 data:

$ python
>>> import cdsapi
>>> cds = cdsapi.Client()
>>> cds.retrieve('reanalysis-era5-pressure-levels', {
           "variable": "temperature",
           "pressure_level": "1000",
           "product_type": "reanalysis",
           "date": "2017-12-01/2017-12-31",
           "time": "12:00",
           "format": "grib"
       }, 'download.grib')


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