I’ve been working with NetCDF data a lot over the past few weeks. Something that quickly becomes obvious with NetCDF is that, while powerful, it’s not the simplest data format to work with for creating visualisations.

With this in mind, I was happy to stumble across Panoply — a visualisation tool created by Nasa for interrogating and visualising NetCDF data. I’ve found it really handy for quickly investigating a dataset and throwing together some basic maps. From there I can then do some heavy lifting using other tools like GDAL.

NASA GISS: Panoply 4 netCDF, HDF and GRIB Data Viewer