The GRIdded Binary format (GRIB) is the primary World Meteorological Organization format for the storage and transmission of two-dimensional weather and climate grids, including the all-important numerical weather forecasts.
The BUFR is the primary format used operationally on the GTS for real-time global exchange of weather and satellite observations. BUFR is self-describing and is table driven, that is, it is a single format that uses tables to encode a wide variety of meteorological data: land and ship observations; aircraft observations; wind profiler observations; radar data; climatological data, etc.
By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with a set of command line tools that provide an easy way to access and modify information contained in GRIB or BUFR messages. They will also learn how to use encoding and decoding functions in their scripts.