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Basic Information

Name of Program



October 2016


October 2016



Short Description of Functionality

ATTENTION: Application is still available, but will not be developed further. Please use predecessor PLOTPROFILZEIT instead.

The application display_percentiles is able to calculate and plot statistics from profile data, e.g. profiles contained in XTRDATA-output or profiles contained in NetCDF-files. It is possible to plot the mean, minima and maxima, the median and additionally the desired percentiles.

Picture Example of an image produced by display_percentiles.

Advice for usage:
Information concerning input in NetCDF-format:

  • the dataset needs a variable called Mesh1_prof_long_name which contains the names of the profiles
  • the dataset needs a variable called Mesh1_prof_nodes which contains the node information
  • the dataset needs a variable called Mesh1_prof_node_distance which contains the distance of the values along the profile (unit: m or km)
  • the dataset needs a variable called nMesh1_data_time which contains the time information
  • the program is only able to display variables that are time and space dependent (i.e. they need to contain the dimensions nMesh1_data_time, Mesh1_node_x, Mesh1_node_y and nMesh1_node)
  • variables that have been calculated for different depth levels (i.e. that have a dimension nMesh1_layer_3d) cannot be displayed

Information concerning input in excel.dat-format (i.e. files that have been created using XTRDATA):

  • the program does accept both dot and comma as decimal separator

Further information:
The program needs a steering file and the corresponding dictionary file. The dictionary file can be found here: /net/themis/system/akprog/dic/display_percentiles_dico.dat. However, if you have a file with the same name in your working directory the local file will be used. The name and the path of the steering file will be requested by the program during run time.


  1. steering file (examples can be found here: $PROGHOME/examples/display_percentiles, filetype display_percentiles_steer.dat)
  2. profile-oriented data (possible input: output of XTRDATA formatted as excel.dat, i.e. data of physical quantities along a profile respectively at one time step OR profile-oriented output of UnTRIM as BDF that got converted to CF-NETCDF.NC using DATACONVERT)


  1. plot(s) of the desired statistical quantity along the profile kilometers (possible formats: *.pdf, *.png, *.eps, *.fig)
  2. excel chart containing the statistics shown in the plot (optional output)
  3. text file error.txt containing a report of the program dictionary_ui which is used to check the steering file


Depending on the user input in the steering file the program will calculate the mean, the maximum, the minimum or the median at every point of the profile. Additionally, two percentiles will be plotted (the user-given percentile and the calculated percentile 100 - user-given percentile). For the calculation of the statistics the following MATLAB-functions were used:

  • calculation of the percentiles: prctile
  • calculation of the mean: nanmean (i.e. NaNs will not be considered)
  • calculation of the median: nanmedian (i.e. NaNs will not be considered)
  • calculation of the maximum: nanmax (i.e. NaNs will not be considered)
  • calculation of the minimum: nanmin (i.e. NaNs will not be considered)

Program(s) to run before this Program


Program(s) to run after this Program


Additional Information


MATLAB (created with version R2015a), Fortran

Additional software

needs the MATLAB compiler runtime (usually installed under /usr/local/MATLAB/MATLAB_Runtime/v85 on Linux)

Original Version

T. Brodhagen, A. Zorndt


T. Brodhagen


An example can be found here: $PROGHOME/examples/display_percentiles/.
A description of the MATLAB-functions mentioned under "methodology" can be found here: .
The fortran-module dictionary_ui which is used by this program to check the input in the steering file is documented here: %PROGHOME%\DHWW\diction\tool.htm .

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