NetCDF (network Common Data Form) is a set of interfaces for array-oriented data access and a freely distributed collection of data access libraries for C, Fortran, C++, Java, and other languages. The netCDF libraries support a machine-independent format for representing scientific data. Together, the interfaces, libraries, and format support the creation, access, and sharing of scientific data.

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  • Ward Fisher
    UCAR/UCP - Unidata

Resource Type software
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Related Links

Documentation : Online user and API documentation

GitHub : GitHub repository of netCDF-C source code

Additional Information

NetCDF Data has the following characteristics. Self-Describing: A netCDF file includes information about the data it contains. Portable: A netCDF file can be accessed by computers with different ways of storing integers, characters, and floating-point numbers. Scalable: A small subset of a large dataset may be accessed efficiently. Appendable: Data may be appended to a properly structured netCDF file without copying the dataset or redefining its structure. Sharable: One writer and multiple readers may simultaneously access the same netCDF file. Archivable: Access to all earlier forms of netCDF data will be supported by current and future versions of the software.

Resource Format ZIP
Standardized Resource Format Archive
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Legal Constraints

netCDF Open Source License (MIT dervivative)


Access Constraints None
Software Implementation Language C

Resource Support Name Ward Fisher
Resource Support Email
Resource Support Organization UCAR/UCP - Unidata
Distributor UCAR/UCP - Unidata
Metadata Contact Name Ryan May
Metadata Contact Email
Metadata Contact Organization Unidata

Author Russel Rew
Ward Fisher
Glen Davis
Steven Emmerson
Cathy Cormack
John Caron
Robert Pincus
Ed Hartnett
Dennis Heimbigner
Lynton Appel
Publisher UCAR/UCP - Unidata
Publication Date 1989-01-01
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Alternate Identifier netCDF
Resource Version 4.6.1
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress onGoing
Metadata Date 2018-03-27T23:20:49
Metadata Record Identifier 4695c58c-cf95-4705-8bd9-d6b349388329
Metadata Language eng
Suggested Citation Russel Rew, Ward Fisher, Glen Davis, Steven Emmerson, Cathy Cormack, John Caron, Robert Pincus, Ed Hartnett, Dennis Heimbigner, Lynton Appel. (1989). NetCDF. 4.6.1. UCAR/UCP - Unidata. Accessed 23 April 2024.

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