NASA Panoply netCDF, HDF and GRIB Data Viewer

Panoply is a Java application which plots geo-gridded arrays from netCDF, HDF and GRIB datasets.

With the latest version of Panoply (4.2.2) the user can: 

  • Slice and plot geo-referenced latitude-longitude, latitude-vertical, longitude-vertical, time-latitude or time-vertical arrays from larger multidimensional variables.
  • Slice and plot "generic" 2D arrays from larger multidimensional variables.
  • Slice 1D arrays from larger multidimensional variables and create line plots.
  • Combine two geo-referenced arrays in one plot by differencing, summing or averaging.
  • Plot lon-lat data on a global or regional map using any of over 100 map projections or make a zonal average line plot.
  • Overlay continent outlines or masks on lon-lat map plots.
  • Use any of numerous color tables for the scale colorbar, or apply your own custom ACT, CPT, or RGB color table.
  • Save plots to disk GIF, JPEG, PNG or TIFF bitmap images or as PDF or PostScript graphics files.
  • Export lon-lat map plots in KMZ format.
  • Export animations as AVI or MOV video or as a collection of individual frame images.
  • Explore remote THREDDS and OpenDAP catalogs and open datasets served from them.




Publication Date: June 29, 2015

Author or Affiliated User:

  • Robert B. Schmunk

Related Organizations:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Resource Category:

Resource Types:

  • Mapping tool
  • Modeling tool

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