EGU2020-4804, updated on 13 Jan 2022
EGU General Assembly 2020
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OPeNDAP-based access for PCR-GLOBWB input files

Edwin Sutanudjaja1, Egbert Gramsbergen2,3, Paula Martinez Lavanchy2,3, Annemiek van der Kuil4, Jan van der Heul2,3, Vincent Brunst5, Otto Lange4, Oliver Schmitz1, and Niko Wanders1
Edwin Sutanudjaja et al.
  • 1Department of Physical Geography - Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands (
  • 2TU Research Data, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 3TU Delft Library, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 4Research Data Management Support, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 5Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands

PCR-GLOBWB (Sutanudjaja et al., 2018,, is an open source global hydrology and water resources model being developed over the past two decades at the Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The latest version of the model has a fine spatial resolution of 5 arcmin (less than 10 km at the equator) and runs on daily resolution covering several decade simulation time period, i.e. > 50 years. Due to its fine resolution and extensive spatio-temporal extent, the total size of a complete set of PCR-GLOBWB input files is huge (about 250 GB if they are uncompressed; 45 GB if compressed, see e.g. Consequently, sharing and downloading them are difficult, even for a user that wants to run the model for a limited and specific catchment area only. 

In this presentation we aim to share our recent successful effort to prepare and upload PCR-GLOBWB input files to the 4TU.ResearchData server,, that supports OPeNDAP protocol ( allowing users to access files from a remote server without the need to download the data files. This includes inspection of the metadata enabling subsampling specific ranges of the data (over space and time). OPeNDAP is especially suited to netCDF files, and, therefore, we have ensured compatibility of PCR-GLOBWB input files in the correct netCDF format, i.e. following CF conventions, before uploading the files to the remote server. 

The PCR-GLOBWB input files are now available on PCR-GLOBWB users can run the model by simply adjusting the input directory location to this address (and, therefore, without having to download the entire input files). In this presentation, we aim to demonstrate on how to make such runs, not only for global extent, but also for specific or limited regions only (river basin extent).

How to cite: Sutanudjaja, E., Gramsbergen, E., Martinez Lavanchy, P., van der Kuil, A., van der Heul, J., Brunst, V., Lange, O., Schmitz, O., and Wanders, N.: OPeNDAP-based access for PCR-GLOBWB input files, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-4804,, 2020.

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