Calculating a Custom Statistic#
This example shows how to define and use a custom
iris.analysis.Aggregator, that provides a new statistical operator for
use with cube aggregation functions such as
In this case, we have a 240-year sequence of yearly average surface temperature over North America, and we want to calculate in how many years these exceed a certain temperature over a spell of 5 years or more.
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt import numpy as np import iris from iris.analysis import Aggregator import iris.plot as iplt import iris.quickplot as qplt from iris.util import rolling_window # Define a function to perform the custom statistical operation. # Note: in order to meet the requirements of iris.analysis.Aggregator, it must # do the calculation over an arbitrary (given) data axis. def count_spells(data, threshold, axis, spell_length): """ Function to calculate the number of points in a sequence where the value has exceeded a threshold value for at least a certain number of timepoints. Generalised to operate on multiple time sequences arranged on a specific axis of a multidimensional array. Args: * data (array): raw data to be compared with value threshold. * threshold (float): threshold point for 'significant' datapoints. * axis (int): number of the array dimension mapping the time sequences. (Can also be negative, e.g. '-1' means last dimension) * spell_length (int): number of consecutive times at which value > threshold to "count". """ if axis < 0: # just cope with negative axis numbers axis += data.ndim # Threshold the data to find the 'significant' points. data_hits = data > threshold # Make an array with data values "windowed" along the time axis. hit_windows = rolling_window(data_hits, window=spell_length, axis=axis) # Find the windows "full of True-s" (along the added 'window axis'). full_windows = np.all(hit_windows, axis=axis + 1) # Count points fulfilling the condition (along the time axis). spell_point_counts = np.sum(full_windows, axis=axis, dtype=int) return spell_point_counts def main(): # Load the whole time-sequence as a single cube. file_path = iris.sample_data_path("E1_north_america.nc") cube = iris.load_cube(file_path) # Make an aggregator from the user function. SPELL_COUNT = Aggregator( "spell_count", count_spells, units_func=lambda units: 1 ) # Define the parameters of the test. threshold_temperature = 280.0 spell_years = 5 # Calculate the statistic. warm_periods = cube.collapsed( "time", SPELL_COUNT, threshold=threshold_temperature, spell_length=spell_years, ) warm_periods.rename("Number of 5-year warm spells in 240 years") # Plot the results. qplt.contourf(warm_periods, cmap="RdYlBu_r") plt.gca().coastlines() iplt.show() if __name__ == "__main__": main()
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