A quick tour of netCDF data

NetCDF (network Common Data Form) is a file format designed to support the creation, access, and sharing of scientific data. It is used extensively in the atmospheric and oceanographic communities to store variables, such as temperature, pressure, wind speed, and wave height.

NetCDF data are:

Left: Temperature. Right: Pressure at specific locations
Examples of netCDF data. Left: Temperature. Right: Pressure at specific locations.

ArcGIS reads netCDF files natively, providing immediate access to the data without the need for data conversion or import. You cannot add a netCDF file using the Add Data button Add Data in ArcGIS applications (ArcMap, ArcScene, or ArcGlobe). You can use the Make NetCDF Raster Layer, Make NetCDF Feature Layer, and Make NetCDF Table View tools from the Multidimension Tools toolbox to create a raster layer, a feature layer, and a table view, respectively, from a netCDF file.

Multidimension toolbox
Multidimension toolbox

You can also drag a netCDF file from Windows Explorer and drop it in an application.

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