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Panoply Data Viewer

Panoply is a cross-platform application which plots geo-gridded arrays from netCDF, HDF and GRIB datasets. It supports the following operations:

  • Slice and plot specific latitude-longitude, latitude-vertical, longitude-vertical, or time-latitude arrays from larger multidimensional variables.
  • Combine two arrays in one plot by differencing, summing or averaging.
  • Plot lon-lat data on a global or regional map (using any of over 75 map projections) or make a zonal average lineplot.
  • Overlay continent outlines or masks on lon-lat plots.
  • Use any ACT, CPT, GGR, or PAL color table for scale colorbar.
  • 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 invididual frame images.
  • Explore remote THREDDS and OpenDAP catalogs and open datasets served there.

To be plotted by Panoply, dataset variables must be tagged with metadata information using a convention such as CF.

Technical Expertise Required: 
No programming
Cost: 
Free
Platform: 
Windows, Mac, Linux (Panoply requires Java SE 6 runtime envi
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