Public-domain-software solution to data-access problems for numerical modelers

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Unidata's network Common Data Form, netCDF, provides users with an efficient set of software for scientific-data-storage, retrieval, and manipulation. The netCDF file format is machine-independent, direct-access, self-describing, and in the public domain, thereby alleviating many problems associated with accessing output from large hydrodynamic models. NetCDF has programming interfaces in both the Fortran and C computer language with an interface to C++ planned for release in the future. NetCDF also has an abstract data type that relieves users from understanding details of the binary file structure; data are written and retrieved by an intuitive, user-supplied name rather than by file position. Users are aided further by Unidata's inclusion of the Common Data Language, CDL, a printable text-equivalent of the contents of a netCDF file. Unidata provides numerous operators and utilities for processing netCDF files. In addition, a number of public-domain and proprietary netCDF utilities from other sources are available at this time or will be available later this year. The U.S. Geological Survey has produced and is producing a number of public-domain netCDF utilities.
Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Public-domain-software solution to data-access problems for numerical modelers
ISBN 0872628612
Year Published 1992
Language English
Publisher Publ by ASCE
Publisher location New York, NY, United States
First page 72
Last page 82
Conference Title Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling
Conference Location Tampa, FL, USA
Conference Date 13 November 1992 through 15 November 1992
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