The Data Centre plans to offer the Network Common Data Form (NetCDF) formats as a common delivery format for all datasets popular in ordering from the archive. The NetCDF format was chosen because it is platform- and machine-independent, and it supports the creation, access, and sharing of array-oriented scientific data. There are many free tools which work with the format, hence both novice and experienced users of the format can immediately work with the data.NetCDF is maintained by Unidata. For more information on its technical aspects, for example the connection between NetCDF and HDF, please refer to Unidata NetCDF FAQ.
Features of the implemented NetCDF datasets
From December 2012 all EPS level 1 and level 2 products apart from the GOME and the GRAS instruments will be available for ordering from the Data Centre Order Application. See the following for the Example product formats.
In 2013 the following NetCDF format implementations are planned:
Validation of the NetCDF datasets – How you can help!
The semantics of the contents in the NetCDF datasets has been validated by instrument experts and users from:
Completeness and usability of the NetCDF datasets — e.g. capability of being rendered visible — were validated using the following tools:
Users of the NetCDF formats are kindly requested to provide feedback to the EUMETSAT User Service Helpdesk on format related issues.