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[netCDFJava #AGD-574507]: Problem with grid with units hPa

Hi Tom,

Sorry for the delay getting back to you on this.

Besides adding a "coordinates" attribute to the data variables, you should also 
add a "Conventions" global attribute with the value "CF-1.5".

The CDM is dealing with a number of conventions and the default behaviors (if a 
convention is not specified) can sometimes cause the CDM to not correctly 
understand the coordinate system. The initial problem was CDM support for the 
COARDS and CF support for recognizing coordinates by the units of a variable. 
Adding the "coordinates" attribute gets you past this issue and opening the 
dataset as a grid feature type looks fine. However, if you look at the dataset 
in the ToolsUI "CoordSys" tab, you will see that the variable with units "hPa" 
still shows up as a coordinate axis and not a data variable. By specifying CF 
conventions with the "Conventions" attribute, the correct coordinate system is 
recognized by the various CDM layers.

Hope that helps.


Ethan Davis wrote: 
> Tom Whittaker wrote:
> > We are creating a netCDF file of grids.   One of the variables in the
> > file has units of "hPa".  This variable (grid) does not show up in the
> > list of valid Fields in the IDV Field Selector.  If the units are
> > changed to "1" then the grid shows up.  It is the only grid in the
> > file with hPa units, and I note when inspecting this in the ToolsUI,
> > it is tagged as being a "coordinate axis", but it is otherwise never
> > referenced by other 2D variables in the file.
> >
> > If I use NcML to add a "coordinates" attribute (with value "Latitude
> > Longitude") to this pressure variable, then it also shows up in the
> > Field Selector just fine.  The person generating the file did not
> > include the "coordinates" attribute for any of the other 2D variables
> > because they displayed without difficulty.
> > The file is available (for about a week) at:
> > ftp://ftp.ssec.wisc.edu/pub/ssec/tomw/foo.zip
> With 2D lat/lon variables without "coordinates" attributes, it has
> to use units or standard names to identify the coordinate variables.
> In this case, it doesn't know not to include the "hPa" variable as a
> coordinate variable.
> So, my guess is that it will require a "coordinate" attribute to work.
> But, I've grabbed the file and will take a closer look later today or
> tomorrow.

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: AGD-574507
Department: Support netCDF Java
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed

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