NetCDF (*.nc)

netCDF (Network Common Data Form) is a binary data format for exchanging scientific data. netCDF is commonly used in climatology and meteorology applications.

Input/output format for various GIS applications, and for general scientific data exchange. 

netCDF is a set of software libraries and self-describing, machine-independent data formats that support the creation, access, and sharing of array-oriented scientific data.

The project homepage is hosted by the Unidata program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

They are also the chief source of netCDF software, standards development, updates etc. The format is an open standard.

The recently released (2008) version 4.0 greatly enhances the data model by allowing the use of the HDF5 data file format.

Historically the format was based on the NASA CDF model but has since diverged and is no longer compatible with it.


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