VEMAP data files are stored in netCDF format. NetCDF, developed by Unidata, is a platform independent, self-describing binary file format, designed for the storage and retrieval of scientific data.
Each VEMAP data files contains extensive metadata documenting the content, quality, and features of the data set. This metadata provides the technical information necessary to efficiently use the data in the VEMAP collection. In addition, this approach allows the user to leverage the inherent capabilities of netcdf which allow direct import into a wide variety of existing software tools.
For users who wish to develop their own tools to work with VEMAP netCDF files, we provide the following resources.
NetCDF User's Guide
netCDF for Java
netCDF Operators (NCO) Homepage
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