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[netCDF #NVN-733440]: help for saving .nc file by using Matlab

Hi Tong Wei,

> My name is Tong Wei from Harris Corp.. Right now, I am trying to create
> a n= etcdf4 file by using Matlab. However, I have a issue about values
> saved in = .nc file.
> Here is our issue:
> Try to save one 8-bit unsigned integer array into a .nc file. Please see
> below for a piece of codes that we are using now.
> Here is our problem:
> some data could not be saved as we have expected. For example, data
> (91344,1 ) shows 222 under Matlab command window; but this value shows
> "-34" if using ncdump.
> So, I am wondering do you have any solutions/suggestions for this?

For the classic version of the netCDF file format, the interpretation of 8-bit 
byte data was
left up to the application.  As it says in the section of the documentation of 
the file format:


  Note on byte data: It is possible to interpret byte data as either signed 
(-128 to 127) or 
  unsigned (0 to 255). When reading byte data through an interface that 
converts it into 
  another numeric type, the default interpretation is signed. There are various 
  conventions for specifying whether bytes represent signed or unsigned data, 
but no 
  standard convention has been established. The variable attribute 
â_Unsignedâ is reserved 
  for this purpose in future implementations.

The netCDF-Java software interprets the "_Unsigned" attribute as indicating the 
are to be treated as unsigned.  NetCDF-4 has support for an unsigned byte type 
The same bits are stored in the file, whether the bytes are intended to be 
signed or unsigned.
If you want the values to be interpreted as unsigned for classic format data, 
you can simply
add 256 to the signed byte values that are negative, to get the corresponding 
values between 
0 and 255 instead of -128 to 127.  If you wanted 222 instead of -34, it looks 
like adding 256
would put the value in the intended range.


> The version of Matlab: 7.10
> The version of Mapping Toolbox: 3.1
> %%%% --1 initialize file
> ncid=netcdf.create('/pg/OPZ_data/Imagery/Raw_Binary_Data/temp/L2ServicesSharedLibrary_Parameters.nc','NC_WRITE');
> %%%% --2 define dimensions
> Xdimid=netcdf.defDim(ncid,'X_tongWei',dim(1,1));
> %%%% --3 define new variables
> Xvarid=netcdf.defVar(ncid,'SemiStatic_X_tongWei','byte',Xdimid);
> %%%% --4 Leave define mode and enter data mode to write data
> netcdf.endDef(ncid);
> %%%% -- 5 Write data to variable
> data=uint8(data);
> netcdf.putVar(ncid,Xvarid,data(1:dim(1,1),:));
> netcdf.close(ncid);
> Tong Wei
> Harris Corp., GOES-R
> 240 206 7095
Russ Rew                                         UCAR Unidata Program
address@hidden                      http://www.unidata.ucar.edu

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: NVN-733440
Department: Support netCDF
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed

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