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Second, ensure that your Metview installation was built with Mars Web Access enabled. When configuring with CMake (Metview version 4.5.x), Mars Web Access will be automatically enabled if the curl development library is found on the system. When configuring with autotools (Metview version 4.4.x), the option is --enable-mars-web-access and is enabled by default. The only reason for disabling this option is if your system does not have the curl development library (libcurl) installed.


Data can be retrieved using the Mars Retrieval icon or its Macro language equivalent, the retrieve() function. Either start with a supplied example icon, or create a new instance, either from the icon drawers at the bottom of the Metview desktop, or from the New Icon context menu. Edit the icon by selecting Edit from its context menu (or double-click the icon).


Users who have started Metview for the first time with version 4.4.x onwards should already have some example icons and a macro in their Getting Started folder. The icons are also available for separate download - untar these into a Metview folder to start exploring them.

Note that in Metview versions prior to 4.5.5, it was necessary to add an additional parameter to the request:

Code Block
 DATABASE = Data Server

This is no longer necessary, as Metview will automatically use the Web API if no local MARS connection is available.

Example retrieval for TIGGE data (icon parameters)

The following is the text behind an example Mars Retrieval icon for requesting TIGGE data (in this case, surface pressure - param 134). Either copy the values shown into the appropriate places in the icon editor, or switch the icon editor to Text View mode and copy the request in its entirety.

Code Block
    DATASET    = tigge,
    CLASS      = ti,
    EXPVER     = PROD,
    TYPE       = PFCF,
    LEVTYPE    = SFC,
    PARAM      = TP134,
    DATE       = 200710012016-06-12,
    TIME       = '00:00:00',
    STEP       = 12/18,
  NUMBER  ORIGIN     = ALLrjtd,
    GRID       = 10.5/10.5

Example retrieval for core archive data (icon parameters)


Code Block
# Metview Macro

#  **************************** LICENSE START ***********************************
#  Copyright 20142016 ECMWF. This software is distributed under the terms
#  of the Apache License version 2.0. In applying this license, ECMWF does not
#  waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as
#  an Intergovernmental Organization or submit itself to any jurisdiction.
#  ***************************** LICENSE END ************************************

era_data = retrieve
    dataset  : "interim",
    classstream    : "eioper",
    type     : "fc",
    class    : "ei",
    levtype  : "sfc",
    param    : "235.128",
    date     : 201305012013-05-01,
    step     : 12,
    gridtime     : [1.5,1.5]12


Creating a Mars Retrieval icon

The following images are taken from the new Desktop user interface, but the procedure is the same with the classic user interface. Note that prior to version 4.4.7, the New Icon menu did not allow the creation of Mars Retrieval icons outside ECMWF; in this case, one can be found in the Data Access icon drawersteps show how to use Metview's user interface to create and edit a new Mars Retrieval icon.

  1. Right-click / Create new Icon
2. Select Mars Retrieval
3. The new icon appears on the Metview desktop4. Edit the icon to set the retrieval parameters
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