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Re: [ferret_users] Is it possible to use 'HDF Format' data file inFerret?

Hi all,
Ferret can read HDF files only by using the HDF-reading capabilities of DODS, that is if the file can be put on a DODS server.

Now, Ferret will be successful in reading the file only if the HDF file is similar in its structure to a COARDS or CF netCDF file. So, if the file can be put on a DODS server, then Ferret can open it. Often, you will need to apply the USE/ORDER= qualifier to change the ordering of the coordinate axes.

If a file is on a DODS server, you can look at the DAS in your browser (the URL that ends in .das). When you look at the attribute data check to see if there are dimension variables with attributes that look like a Latitude or Longitude as in the COARDS conventions.

Here is a message from the Users List about another possible way to access such files

C. Shaji wrote:

Dear All,
I would like to know if it is possible to use the 'hdf format' data file
in Ferret. When I load it, it gives the error as it is not a netcdf file.
Can someone suggest me how can use this file in Ferret for plotting?

FERRET v5.51
Linux 2.4.3-12smp - 03/05/03
29-Mar-06 11:10

yes? use month01_combined.hdf
** netCDF error: Not a netcdf file
is this a CDF file ?

Thanks in advance,

C. Shaji.

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