The Climate and Forecast (CF) Metadata Conventions are a widely used standard for atmospheric, ocean, and climate data.
Documents maintained at www.cfconventions.org specify a community standard that supports interoperability.
The CF Conventions have evolved and expanded since 1.0 release in 2003 but maintain their original goals.
Using CF Conventions provides these benefits
CF is implemented using netCDF attributes.
Where is CF Metadata Used?
CF has been widely adopted by many earth-science projects and groups. CF is also supported or required by various software packages for analysis and visualization.
A Brief History of CF
How a community standard gets established from the bottom up, with agreement on open processes for evolving conventions and reaching consensus.
The CF conventions follow five general principles.
CF Standard Names
The CF Standard Name Table version 20 currently includes over 2400 entries, from "
CF Appendices as references
The CF Appendices are very useful references.
Future Directions for CF
The CF conventions grows as new needs arise, proposals are put forward, disucussions take place, and the proposals get accepted or rejected.