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The idf_converter package provides tools to convert Earth Observation data into IDF files.

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IDF converter is a set of Python tools to convert satellite, in-situ and numerical model data into Intermediary Data Format, i.e. self-contained, CF-compliant NetCDF files that are easier to analyse than the original files.

The IDF files produced by the converter can also be visualised using SEAScope, a viewer which offers advanced rendering functionalities that ease the detection of synergies between several sources of observations and simulations (available on Linux, Windows and macOS).

For more information about the Intermediate Data Format (IDF), please read the IDF specifications document

You can download SEAScope and some examples of IDF files on the SEAScope website.


0.1.394 (2024-02-09)

  • Sentinel-1 L1 GeoTIFF files are now explicitly accessed with read-only permissions. In some cases the reader tried to read these files using tifffile.memmap which uses read-write permissions by default, causing problems when opening archived files.

  • Readers for Sentinel-1 L2 data (sentinel1/L2/owi and sentinel1/L2/rvl) now consider input files that do not include an IPFversion global attribute as having an IPF version < 3.40, therefore the temporal coverage is extracted from the SAFE name instead of the firstMeasurementTime and lastMeasurementTime global attributes.

  • Limitations and workarounds related to the size of the along-track dimension have been removed for Sentinel-3 SRAL 20Hz (sentinel3/sral/L2) and Sentinel-6 P4 L2 (sentinel6/p4/L2).

  • Rain mask computation in sentinel6/p4/L2 reader was incorrect and has been fixed.

  • Generic reader for NetCDF lat/lon regular grids (netcdf/grid/latlon) has been modified to translate geographical boundaries expressed with the easternmost_longitude, westernmost_longitude, northernmost_latitude and southernmost_latitude global attributes into their equivalent in IDF specifications (i.e. geospatial_lon_max, geospatial_lon_min, geospatial_lat_max and geospatial_lat_min). If these attributes cannot be parsed as finite floating point numbers, the reader will act as if they were not defined.

  • remove_out_of_bounds_coordinates output option added to generic reader for NetCDF lat/lon regular grids (netcdf/grid/latlon). When this option is set to “yes”, the reader will ignore rows and columns of the input file if their location is outside the geographical boundaries defined in the global attributes.

  • The generic readers for NetCDF regular grids (netcdf/grid/latlon and netcdf/grib/yx) now support input files with time variables containing some masked values. Data associated with the masked time values will be ignored.

  • Support for shifting rows/columns has been improved in generic readers for NetCDF regular grids (netcdf/grid/latlon and netcdf/grib/yx).

  • Reader osisaf/sic has been renamed osisaf/l3/sic. It has also been adapted to read temporal coverage from the input file and to support the latest version of the OSI-SAF L3 sea ice concentration products.

  • Reader cmems/drifter has been adapted to support format changes introduced in the CMEMS 013 048 product on November 2023.

  • Reader swot/L3 added to convert SWOT L3 data samples released by CNES.

  • RMax value is now included in the IDF output when converting IBTrACS data (version tailored for the MAXSS ESA project) with the ìbtracs reader.

  • An extraneous invalid time values was previously processed in the reader for World Ocean Atlas 2018 monthly data (woa/monthly). It is not the case anymore.

  • Datetime parsing method now supports cases wherein a space precedes the “Z” timezone indicator.

  • Code involving scipy has been modernized to fix deprecation warnings.

  • Many changes through the codebase to handle underflows and other numerical errors reported in recent of Numpy.

  • Code does not support breaking changes introduced in shapely 2.0, package dependencies have been adapted accordingly.

  • Checks performed on NetCDF version when writing time-dependent IDF files (trajectories, altimeter traces, …) did not support version names containing dashes, it has been fixed.

  • No warning was issued when creating IDF files using the swath data model if the requested density for GCPs along the cell axis exceeded the density of the geolocation information in the input file. The problem is now correctly reported to the user.

0.1.333 (2023-02-20)

  • Sentinel-3 SRAL L2 reader failed to convert 20Hz data because the brightness temperature variables are only available at 1Hz. The reader has been adapted to skip these variables when converting 20Hz data.

  • The underflow workaround in the downscaling process would only work if all values were positive due to a typo, it has been fixed.

0.1.330 (2023-02-10)

  • Support added for brightness temperature variables in the Sentinel-3 SRAL L2 reader.

  • Reader for Sentinel-3 OLCI L2 Chlorophyll-a data did not interpret flags correctly for data generated after February 2021 (baseline 003), it has been adapted to support these data too.

  • The transform method for computing an anomaly based on a climatology file has a new “interpolate” boolean option: when set to False the converter will consider that the climatology file is defined on the same grid as the file to convert (interpolating the climatology file is costly in terms of memory, so performing this interpolation once as a pre-processing step can save a lot of resources when converting many files with the same grid, images from geostationnary satellites for example).

  • Compression options were only applied to the full resolution IDF, the converter now also applies them to the downscaled IDFs.

  • Minimal version for the netCDF4 dependency set to 1.6.0 and above (required for propagating compression options).

  • Bugfix for underflow errors that may arise in the downscaling process.

0.1.312 (2022-10-06)

  • Readers for Sentinel-1 L2 data have been modified to include the name of the L2 SAFE as a global attribute (named L2_SAFE) in the output IDF file. This only applies when the input file was located in a directory layout matching the SAFE specifications.

0.1.309 (2022-10-03)

  • Readers for Sentinel-1 L2 data have been modified to avoid naming conflicts for granules from the same datatake and inaccurate temporal coverage for files generated with versions of the Instrument Processing Facility (IPF) below 3.40.

0.1.308 (2022-09-09)

  • Initial version

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