Re: 20050314: IFPSConvention

Hi Jason:

Ok, I was able to finish the projection stuff based on what you told me.

Attached is the new code. Note that you will need to use it with nj22 version 2.2.08 (just released) and IDV 1.2. You'll have to get both packages and merge them together. Probably a source build is the easiest way to do it. It may also work to get the new netcdf-2.2.jar and put it on your class path before nc2.2.jar.

If you are able to change the file format, I would recommend that you do that. If interested, I can send you some suggestions.

// $Id:,v 1.1 2005/03/15 23:24:11 caron Exp $
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package ucar.nc2.dataset.conv;

import ucar.ma2.*;
import ucar.nc2.*;
import ucar.nc2.dataset.*;
import ucar.nc2.util.CancelTask;
import ucar.unidata.geoloc.projection.LambertConformal;
import ucar.unidata.geoloc.ProjectionPointImpl;
import ucar.unidata.geoloc.LatLonPointImpl;
import ucar.unidata.geoloc.Projection;

import java.util.*;

 * IFPS Convention Allows Local NWS forecast office generated forecast datasets 
to be brought into IDV.
 * @author Burks
 * @version $Revision: 1.1 $ $Date: 2005/03/15 23:24:11 $

public class IFPSConvention extends CoordSysBuilder {

  /** return true if we think this is a IFPS file. */
  public static boolean isMine( NetcdfFile ncfile) {
    // not really sure until we can examine more files
      //need to check more to see if DIM_0 is always in there
    return null != ncfile.findDimension("DIM_0");

  private Variable projVar = null; // use this to get projection info
  protected void augmentDataset( NetcdfDataset ds, CancelTask cancelTask) {
    this.conventionName = "IFPS";
    parseInfo.append("IFPS augmentDataset \n");

   // Figure out projection info. Assume the same for all variables
    Variable lonVar = ds.findVariable("longitude");
    lonVar.addAttribute( new Attribute("units", "degrees_east"));
    lonVar.addAttribute( new Attribute("_CoordinateAxisType", "Lon"));
    Variable latVar = ds.findVariable("latitude");
    latVar.addAttribute( new Attribute("_CoordinateAxisType", "Lat"));
    latVar.addAttribute( new Attribute("units", "degrees_north"));

    projVar = latVar;
    String projName = ds.findAttValueIgnoreCase(projVar, "projectionType", 
    if (projName.equals("LAMBERT_CONFORMAL")) {
      Projection proj = makeLCProjection( ds);

      try {
        makeXYcoords( ds, proj, latVar, lonVar);
      } catch (IOException e) {
        e.printStackTrace();  //To change body of catch statement use File | 
Settings | File Templates.


    // figure out the time coordinate for each data variable
    // LOOK : always seperate; could try to discover if they are the same
    Iterator vars = ds.getVariables().iterator();
    while (vars.hasNext()) {
        VariableDS ncvar = (VariableDS);
        //variables that are used but not displayable or have no data have 
DIM_0, also don't want history, since those are just how the person edited the 
        if ((ncvar.getDimension(0).getName().equals("DIM_0") != true) && 
(ncvar.getName().endsWith("History")== false)
              && (ncvar.getRank() > 2)&& (ncvar.getName().startsWith("Tool")== 
        } else if (ncvar.getName().equals("Topo")){
            //Deal with Topography variable
            ncvar.addAttribute(new Attribute("long_name", "Topography"));
            ncvar.addAttribute(new Attribute("units", "ft"));


  private void createTimeCoordinate(NetcdfDataset ds,VariableDS ncVar){
    //Time coordinate is stored in the attribute validTimes
    //One caveat is that the times have two bounds and upper and a lower

    // get the times values
    Attribute timesAtt = ncVar.findAttribute("validTimes");
    if (timesAtt == null) return;
    Array timesArray = timesAtt.getValues();

    // get every other one LOOK this is awkward
    try {
      int n = (int) timesArray.getSize();
      ArrayList list = new ArrayList();
      list.add(new Range(0, n-1, 2));
      timesArray = timesArray.section(list);
    } catch (InvalidRangeException e) {
      e.printStackTrace();  //To change body of catch statement use File | 
Settings | File Templates.

    // make sure it matches the dimension
    DataType dtype = DataType.getType( timesArray.getElementType());
    int nTimesAtt = (int) timesArray.getSize();

    // create a special dimension and coordinate variable
    Dimension dimTime = ncVar.getDimension(0);
    int nTimesDim = dimTime.getLength();
    if (nTimesDim != nTimesAtt) {
      parseInfo.append(" **error ntimes in attribute ("+nTimesAtt+") doesnt 
match dimension length ("+
          nTimesDim+") for variable "+ ncVar.getName()+"\n");

    // add the dimension
    String dimName = ncVar.getName()+"_timeCoord";
    Dimension newDim = new Dimension(dimName, nTimesDim, true);
    ds.addDimension( null, newDim);

    // add the coordinate variable
    String units = "seconds since 1970-1-1 00:00:00";
    String desc = "time coordinate for "+ncVar.getName();

    CoordinateAxis1D timeCoord = new CoordinateAxis1D( ds, null, dimName, 
dtype, dimName, units, desc);
    timeCoord.setCachedData(timesArray, true);
    timeCoord.addAttribute(new Attribute("long_name",  desc));
    timeCoord.addAttribute(new Attribute("units",  units));
    timeCoord.addAttribute(new Attribute("_CoordinateAxisType", "Time"));

    parseInfo.append(" added coordinate variable "+ dimName+"\n");

    // now make the original variable use the new dimension
    List dimsList = ncVar.getDimensions();
    dimsList.set(0, newDim);
    ncVar.setDimensions( dimsList);

    // better to explicitly set the coordinate system
    ncVar.addAttribute(new Attribute("_CoordinateAxes", dimName+" yCoord 

    // fix the attributes
    Attribute att = ncVar.findAttribute("fillValue");
    if (att != null)
      ncVar.addAttribute(new Attribute("_FillValue", att.getNumericValue()));
    att = ncVar.findAttribute("descriptiveName");
    if (null != att)
      ncVar.addAttribute(new Attribute("long_name", att.getStringValue()));


  protected String getZisPositive( NetcdfDataset ds, CoordinateAxis v) {
    return "up";

  private Projection makeLCProjection(NetcdfDataset ds) {
    Attribute latLonOrigin = projVar.findAttributeIgnoreCase("latLonOrigin");
    double centralLon = latLonOrigin.getNumericValue(0).doubleValue();
    double centralLat = latLonOrigin.getNumericValue(1).doubleValue();

    double par1 = findAttributeDouble( "stdParallelOne");
    double par2 = findAttributeDouble( "stdParallelTwo");
    LambertConformal lc = new LambertConformal(centralLat, centralLon, par1, 

    // make Coordinate Transform Variable
    ProjectionCT ct = new ProjectionCT("lambertConformalProjection", "FGDC", 
    VariableDS ctVar = makeCoordinateTransformVariable(ds, ct);
    ctVar.addAttribute( new Attribute("_CoordinateAxes", "xCoord yCoord"));
    ds.addVariable(null, ctVar);

    return lc;

  private void makeXYcoords(NetcdfDataset ds, Projection proj, Variable latVar, 
Variable lonVar) throws IOException {
    // brute force
    Array latData =;
    Array lonData =;

    Dimension y_dim = latVar.getDimension(0);
    Dimension x_dim = latVar.getDimension(1);

    Array xData = Array.factory( float.class, new int[] {x_dim.getLength()});
    Array yData = Array.factory( float.class, new int[] {y_dim.getLength()});

    LatLonPointImpl latlon = new LatLonPointImpl();
    ProjectionPointImpl pp = new ProjectionPointImpl();

    Index latlonIndex = latData.getIndex();
    Index xIndex = xData.getIndex();
    Index yIndex = yData.getIndex();

    // construct x coord
    for (int i=0; i<x_dim.getLength(); i++) {
      double lat = latData.getDouble( latlonIndex.set1(i));
      double lon = lonData.getDouble( latlonIndex);
      latlon.set( lat, lon);
      proj.latLonToProj( latlon, pp);
      xData.setDouble( xIndex.set(i), pp.getX());

    // construct y coord
    for (int i=0; i<y_dim.getLength(); i++) {
      double lat = latData.getDouble( latlonIndex.set0(i));
      double lon = lonData.getDouble( latlonIndex);
      latlon.set( lat, lon);
      proj.latLonToProj( latlon, pp);
      yData.setDouble( yIndex.set(i), pp.getY());

    VariableDS xaxis = new VariableDS(ds, null, null, "xCoord", DataType.FLOAT, 
x_dim.getName(), "km", "x on projection");
    xaxis.addAttribute(new Attribute("units", "km"));
    xaxis.addAttribute(new Attribute("long_name", "x on projection"));
    xaxis.addAttribute(new Attribute("_CoordinateAxisType", "GeoX"));

    VariableDS yaxis = new VariableDS(ds, null, null, "yCoord", DataType.FLOAT, 
y_dim.getName(), "km", "y on projection");
    yaxis.addAttribute(new Attribute("units", "km"));
    yaxis.addAttribute(new Attribute("long_name", "y on projection"));
    yaxis.addAttribute(new Attribute("_CoordinateAxisType", "GeoY"));

    xaxis.setCachedData( xData, true);
    yaxis.setCachedData( yData, true);

    ds.addVariable( null, xaxis);
    ds.addVariable( null, yaxis);

   private double findAttributeDouble(String attname) {
    Attribute att = projVar.findAttributeIgnoreCase(attname);
    return att.getNumericValue().doubleValue();