pRecipe| Precipitation R Recipes

Mijael Rodrigo Vargas Godoy, Yannis Markonis

2022-11-07


pRecipe was conceived back in 2019 as part of MRVG’s doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic. Designed with reproducible science in mind, pRecipe facilitates the download, exploration, visualization, and analysis of multiple precipitation data products across various spatiotemporal scales.


~The Global Water Cycle Budget | Vargas Godoy et al. (2021)

“Like civilization and technology, our understanding of the global water cycle has been continuously evolving, and we have adapted our quantification methods to better exploit new technological resources. The accurate quantification of global water fluxes and storage is crucial in studying the global water cycle.”


Before We Start

Like many other R packages, pRecipe has some system requirements:

Data

pRecipe database hosts 24 different precipitation data sets; seven gauge-based, eight satellite-based, five reanalysis, and four hydrological model precipitation products. Their native specifications, as well as links to their providers, and their respective references are detailed in the following subsections. We have already homogenized, compacted to a single file, and stored them in a Zenodo repository under the following naming convention:

<data set>_<variable>_<units>_<coverage>_<start date>_<end date>_<resolution>_<time step>.nc

The pRecipe data collection was homogenized to these specifications:

E.g., GPCP v2.3 (Adler et al. 2018) would be:

gpcp_tp_mm_global_197901_202205_025_monthly.nc

Gauge-Based Products

Data Set Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Record Length Get Data Reference
CPC-Global 0.5\(^\circ\) Daily 1979-01 to 2022-08 Download P. Xie, Chen, and Shi (2010)
CRU TS v4.06 0.5\(^\circ\) Monthly 1901-01 to 2021-12 Download Harris et al. (2020)
EM-EARTH 0.1\(^\circ\) Daily 1950-01 to 2019-12 Download Tang, Clark, and Papalexiou (2022)
GHCN v2 5\(^\circ\) Monthly 1900-01 to 2015-05 Download Peterson and Vose (1997)
GPCC v2020 0.25\(^\circ\) Monthly 1891-01 to 2022-08 Download Schneider et al. (2011)
PRECL/L 0.5\(^\circ\) Monthly 1948-01 to 2022-08 Download Chen et al. (2002)
UDel v5.01 0.5\(^\circ\) Monthly 1901-01 to 2017-12 Download Willmott and Matsuura (2001)

Satellite-Based Products

Data Set Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Record Length Get Data Reference
CHIRPS v2.0 0.05\(^\circ\) Monthly 1981-01 to 2022-07 Download Funk et al. (2015)
CMAP 2.5\(^\circ\) Monthly 1979-01 to 2022-07 Download Pingping Xie and Arkin (1997)
CMORPH 0.25\(^\circ\) Daily 1998-01 to 2021-12 Download Joyce et al. (2004)
GPCP v2.3 0.5\(^\circ\) Monthly 1979-01 to 2022-05 Download Adler et al. (2018)
GPM IMERGM v06 0.1\(^\circ\) Monthly 2000-06 to 2020-12 Download G. J. Huffman et al. (2019)
MSWEP v2.8 0.1\(^\circ\) Monthly 1979-02 to 2022-06 Download Beck et al. (2019)
PERSIANN-CDR 0.25\(^\circ\) Monthly 1983-01 to 2022-06 Download Ashouri et al. (2015)
TRMM 3B43 v7 0.25\(^\circ\) Monthly 1998-01 to 2019-12 Download George J. Huffman et al. (2010)

Reanalysis Products

Data Set Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Record Length Get Data Reference
20CR v3 1\(^\circ\) Monthly 1836-01 to 2015-12 Download Slivinski et al. (2019)
ERA-20C 1.125\(^\circ\) Monthly 1900-01 to 2010-12 Download Poli et al. (2016)
ERA5 0.25\(^\circ\) Monthly 1959-01 to 2021-12 Download Hersbach et al. (2020)
NCEP/NCAR R1 1.875\(^\circ\) Monthly 1948-01 to 2022-08 Download Kalnay et al. (1996)
NCEP/DOE R2 1.875\(^\circ\) Monthly 1979-01 to 2022-08 Download Kanamitsu et al. (2002)

Hydrological Model Forcing

Data Set Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Record Length Get Data Reference
GLDAS CLSM v2.0 0.25\(^\circ\) Daily 1948-01 to 2014-12 Download Rodell et al. (2004)
GLDAS NOAH v2.0 0.25\(^\circ\) Monthly 1948-01 to 2014-12 Download Rodell et al. (2004)
GLDAS VIC v2.0 1\(^\circ\) Monthly 1948-01 to 2014-12 Download Rodell et al. (2004)
TerraClimate 4\(km\) Monthly 1958-01 to 2021-12 Download Abatzoglou et al. (2018)

Recipe

In this introductory recipe we will first download the ERA5 data set. We will then subset the downloaded data over Central Europe for the 1981-2020 period, and crop it to the national scale for Czech Republic. In the next step, we will generate time series for our data sets and conclude with the visualization of our data.

NOTE: While the functions in pRecipe are intended to work directly with its data inventory. It can handle most other precipitation data sets in “.nc” format, as well as any other “.nc” file generated by its functions.

Installation

install.packages('pRecipe')
library(pRecipe)
#Load additional packages
library(data.table)
library(raster)

Download

Downloading the entire data collection or only a few data sets is quite straightforward. You just call the download_data function, which has two arguments data_name and destination.

Let’s download the ERA5 data set and inspect its content with show_info:

download_data(data_name = "era5", destination = ".")
show_info("era5_tp_mm_global_195901_202112_025_monthly.nc")
[1] "class      : RasterBrick "                                         
[2] "dimensions : 720, 1440, 1036800, 756  (nrow, ncol, ncell, nlayers)"
[3] "resolution : 0.25, 0.25  (x, y)"
[4] "extent     : -180, 180, -90, 90  (xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax)"
[5] "crs        : +proj=longlat +datum=WGS84 +no_defs "
[6] "source     : era5_tp_mm_global_195901_202112_025_monthly.nc "
[7] "names      : X1959.01.01, X1959.02.01, X1959.03.01, X1959.04.01, X1959.05.01, X1959.06.01, X1959.07.01, X1959.08.01, X1959.09.01, X1959.10.01, X1959.11.01, X1959.12.01, X1960.01.01, X1960.02.01, X1960.03.01, ... "
[8] "Date/time  : 1959-01-01, 2021-12-01 (min, max)"
[9] "varname    : tp " 

Processing

Once we have downloaded our database, we can start processing the data with:

Subset

To subset our data to a desired region and period of interest, we use the subset_spacetime function, which has three arguments data_file, years, and bbox.

  • data_file is the path to the data set of interest. The output file will be stored in the same location of the input file.
  • years is the period of interest in the form (start_year, end_year)
  • bbox is the bounding box of the region of interest with the coordinates in degrees in the form (xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax).

Let’s subset the ERA5 data set over Central Europe (2,28,42,58) for the 1981-2020 period, and inspect its content with show_info:

subset_spacetime("era5_tp_mm_global_195901_202112_025_monthly.nc", 
                 years = c(1981, 2020), bbox = c(2,28,42,58))
show_info("era5_tp_mm_subset_198101_202012_025_monthly.nc")
[1] "class      : RasterBrick "
[2] "dimensions : 64, 104, 6656, 480  (nrow, ncol, ncell, nlayers)"
[3] "resolution : 0.25, 0.25  (x, y)"
[4] "extent     : 2, 28, 42, 58  (xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax)"
[5] "crs        : +proj=longlat +datum=WGS84 +no_defs "
[6] "source     : era5_tp_mm_subset_198101_202012_025_monthly.nc "
[7] "names      : X1981.01.01, X1981.02.01, X1981.03.01, X1981.04.01, X1981.05.01, X1981.06.01, X1981.07.01, X1981.08.01, X1981.09.01, X1981.10.01, X1981.11.01, X1981.12.01, X1982.01.01, X1982.02.01, X1982.03.01, ... "
[8] "Date/time  : 1981-01-01, 2020-12-01 (min, max)"
[9] "varname    : tp "

Crop

To further crop our data to a desired polygon other than a rectangle, we use the crop_data function, which has two arguments data_file, and shp_path.

  • data_file is the path to a “.nc” data set file.
  • shp_path is the path to a “.shp” file that we want to use to crop our data.

Let’s crop our ERA5 subset to cover only the Czech Republic with the respective shape file, and inspect its content with show_info:

crop_data(data_file = "era5_tp_mm_subset_198101_202012_025_monthly.nc", 
          shp_path = "CZE_adm0.shp")
show_info("era5_tp_mm_cropped_198101_202012_025_monthly.nc")
[1] "class      : RasterBrick "
[2] "dimensions : 64, 104, 6656, 480  (nrow, ncol, ncell, nlayers)"
[3] "resolution : 0.25, 0.25  (x, y)"
[4] "extent     : 2, 28, 42, 58  (xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax)"
[5] "crs        : +proj=longlat +datum=WGS84 +no_defs "
[6] "source     : era5_tp_mm_subset_1981_2020_025_monthly_cropped.nc "
[7] "names      : X1981.01.01, X1981.02.01, X1981.03.01, X1981.04.01, X1981.05.01, X1981.06.01, X1981.07.01, X1981.08.01, X1981.09.01, X1981.10.01, X1981.11.01, X1981.12.01, X1982.01.01, X1982.02.01, X1982.03.01, ... "
[8] "Date/time  : 1981-01-01, 2020-12-01 (min, max)"
[9] "varname    : tp " 

Generate Time series

To make a time series out of our data, we use the make_ts function, which has one argument data_file.

  • data_file is the path to a “.nc” data set file.

Let’s generate the time series for our three different ERA5 data sets (Global, Central Europe, and Czech Republic), and inspect its first 12 rows:

make_ts("era5_tp_mm_global_195901_202112_025_monthly.nc")
era5_global_ts <- fread("era5_tp_mm_global_195901_202112_025_monthly_ts.csv")
head(era5_global_ts, 12)
          date    value
        <IDat>    <num>
 1: 1959-01-01 90.64116
 2: 1959-02-01 78.91318
 3: 1959-03-01 87.50946
 4: 1959-04-01 86.93461
 5: 1959-05-01 87.25465
 6: 1959-06-01 89.14776
 7: 1959-07-01 91.84578
 8: 1959-08-01 90.96841
 9: 1959-09-01 85.30629
10: 1959-10-01 88.53759
11: 1959-11-01 85.49954
12: 1959-12-01 90.00676
make_ts("era5_tp_mm_subset_198101_202012_025_monthly.nc")
era5_ce_ts <- fread("era5_tp_mm_subset_198101_202012_025_monthly_ts.csv")
head(era5_ce_ts, 12)
          date     value
        <IDat>     <num>
 1: 1981-01-01  73.83279
 2: 1981-02-01  46.39281
 3: 1981-03-01  89.47381
 4: 1981-04-01  47.78148
 5: 1981-05-01  88.37288
 6: 1981-06-01  98.71906
 7: 1981-07-01 100.87810
 8: 1981-08-01  69.74586
 9: 1981-09-01  89.17575
10: 1981-10-01 111.56850
11: 1981-11-01  74.93134
12: 1981-12-01 112.66740 
make_ts("era5_tp_mm_cropped_198101_202012_025_monthly.nc")
era5_cze_ts <- fread("era5_tp_mm_cropped_198101_202012_025_monthly_ts.csv")
head(era5_cze_ts, 12)
          date     value
        <IDat>     <num>
 1: 1981-01-01  65.02662
 2: 1981-02-01  38.92457
 3: 1981-03-01  68.44784
 4: 1981-04-01  49.73646
 5: 1981-05-01  77.29006
 6: 1981-06-01  67.25784
 7: 1981-07-01 188.89990
 8: 1981-08-01  80.37363
 9: 1981-09-01  90.08721
10: 1981-10-01 115.19530
11: 1981-11-01  75.15187
12: 1981-12-01  89.48265

Visualize

Either after we have processed our data as required or right after downloaded, we have six different options to visualize our data:

Let’s plot our three different ERA5 data sets (Global, Central Europe, and Czech Republic)

Maps

To see a map of any data set raw or processed, we use plot_map which takes only one layer of the RasterBrick as input.

global <- brick("era5_tp_mm_global_195901_202112_025_monthly.nc")
plot_map(global[[1]])

central_europe <- brick("era5_tp_mm_subset_198101_202012_025_monthly.nc")
plot_map(central_europe[[1]])

czechia <- brick("era5_tp_mm_cropped_198101_202012_025_monthly.nc")
plot_map(czechia[[1]])

Time Series Visuals

To draw a time series generated by make_ts, we use any of the options below, which takes only a make_ts “.csv” generated file.

Line

plot_line(era5_global_ts)