We developed a Fortran program which reads BUFR files containing scatterometer
data from SeaWinds/RapidScat, ERS, ASCAT, Oceansat-2/ScatSat-1, CFOSAT, or HY-2A/B/C. The wind
data can be written to either
an ASCII output file or to a NetCDF output file. The software, which will run on most
Unix/Linux platforms, can be downloaded here. The tar file contains some Readme files describing
the installation of the package.
The tools currently only write wind information to the output files, but the Fortran code
(Bufr2Asc.F90, Bufr2Nc.F90) can be adapted to write other fields, e.g. radar backscatter
information. Please contact us if you need guidance on this.
The software makes use of the ECMWF ecCodes, NetCDF and HDF5 libraries which are included in the package.
See related links on the right hand side.
If you don't have Fortran and C compilers available, it is possible to download the
free GFortran and GCC compilers (see related links). Windows users should consider to use
the free Cygwin Linux emulator (see related link).
Fortran 90 code version 14 January 2021
Installation and testing of the software
Use the following commands to install and test this tool on Unix/Linux:
- Unpack and step into the genscat directory
tar -xf bufr_reader_20210114.tar
- Read the Readme.txt files
source use_gfortran.csh or . ./use_gfortran.bsh (depending on your compiler and shell, see also Notes 2 and 3 below)
- Step to bufr2asc and test the program
./Bufr2Asc ../../support/eccodes/testfile.bufr ./result.asc
- Step to bufr2nc and test the program
./Bufr2Nc ../../support/eccodes/testfile.bufr ./result.nc
the use_*.csh or use_*.bsh scripts select which compiler is used. If you
do not run this script the default f90 command is used. If this does not work for
you, or no script is available for your compiler, you may edit the generated
Makeoptions file in bufr_reader/genscat after running ./Set_Makeoptions and specify
which compiler and compiler options should be used. These settings will only affect
the KNMI Fortran code, not the ECMWF ecCodes library code.
if you use a use_*.bsh script, be sure to type ". ./use_*.bsh", i.e.
"dot space dot slash use_*.bsh", otherwise the necessary environment variables will
not be exported.
if you adapted the Makeoptions file and installed succesfully on your
system, please let us know. This allows us to help others by providing a suitable
a generic tool to handle BUFR data in Python is available on
It is an interface to use ECMWF's BUFR decoding library from Python.
Please contact the
KNMI scatterometer team