- 1 Basic Information
- 2 Significance of the File
- 3 File-Contents (in Catchwords)
- 4 Programs using this Type of File
- 5 Additional Information
Significance of the File
- BAW instance of a NetCDF file.
- NetCDF conventions, used to store BAW specific data, are documented in detail in the NetCDF-Pages of BAW-Wiki.
- Basic metadata according to CF Metadata Conventions.
- I.e. extensions for unstructured grids based on Unstructured Grid Metadata Conventions for Scientific Datasets.
- Since May 2011 NetCDF-4/HDF5 is supported (see Unidata, NetCDF).
File-Contents (in Catchwords)
- header with metadata:
- list of dimensions (name and length),
- list of variables (name, type and dimension(s)) for which data are stored in the file,
- attributes related to variables (long_name, units etc.), and
- global attributes (title, history etc.).
- Remark: the names of attributes as well as standard variable names should be chosen according to the following given conventions:
- data for all variables stored in the file:
- coordinate-variable data,
- data for ordinary variables, for which only one data record is stored in the file, and finally
- data for record-variables (which have one unlimited dimension, e.g. time), which can be stored several times.
READ performance for large CF-NetCDF data files may strongly depend on the inner structure of the data file. The size of a data block (or chunk) which is accessed by one READ is significant in this context. A file can be considered as well structured if time series access as well as spatial access can be executed with similar effort (number of READs required). This can be achieved using appropriate chunk sizes for the variables stored. More informations can be found here:
Programs using this Type of File
ArcGIS, DATACONVERT, DISPLAY_PERCENTILES, GRIDCONVERT, NCAGGREGATE, NCANALYSE, NCAUTO, NCCHUNKIE, NCCUTOUT, NCDELTA, NCPLOT, NCRCATMAT, NC2TABLE, NetCDF Operators, PLOTPROFILZEIT, QUICKPLOT, TAYLORDIAGRAM, UNK, UNTRIM2, UNTRIM2007
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