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NetCDF Climate and Forecast (CF) Metadata Convention
Entry ID: CF_Metadata

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Abstract: The CF conventions for climate and forecast metadata are designed to promote the processing and sharing of files created with the netCDF API The conventions define metadata that provide a definitive description of what the data in each variable represents, and of the spatial and temporal properties of the data. This enables users of data from different sources to decide which quantities are comparable, and facilitates building applications with powerful extraction, regridding, and display capabilities.
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Description: NetCDF (network Common Data Form) is an interface for array-oriented data access and a library that provides an implementation of the interface. The netCDF library also defines a machine-independent format for representing scientific data. Together, the interface, library, and format support the creation, access, and sharing of scientific data. The netCDF software was developed at the Unidata Program Center in Boulder, Colorado. The freely available source can be obtained as a compressed tar file or a zip file from Unidata or from other mirror sites.
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Service Citation
Title: NetCDF Climate and Forecast (CF) Metadata Convention
Provider: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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DOE/LLNL/PCMDI > Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, U. S. Department of Energy Supplemental Info
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Phone: 925-423-3623
Fax: 925-422-7675
Email: taylor13 at
Contact Address:
Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Mail Code L-103
7000 East Avenue
City: Livermore
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 94550
Country: USA
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2005-08-15
SERF Last Revision Date: 2013-04-17
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