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Hi Ed, > HDF5 folk: > > How do you really store the time type? > > As a floating point number, number of seconds since Jan 1, 1970, or > something like that? We do normally store it as the number of seconds since the UNIX epoch (Jan 1, 1970). However, we there's a few different time datatypes defined and we don't convert between them. Frankly, I think including them is a mistake currently, since they are bringing "units & quantities" into a part of the library that doesn't really understand how to do unit conversions, etc. I would also lean toward not including them in the netCDF4 types, at least initially. Quincey