[Numpy-discussion] what python module to modify NetCDF data?

Chao YUE chaoyuejoy@gmail....
Sun Oct 9 04:48:17 CDT 2011

Thanks for all for very useful discussions. I am just on the beginning of
modeling and for now I only use netCDF4 data.
I think it might be a good idea to try
netcdf4-python<http://code.google.com/p/netcdf4-python/>first. I think
whitaker will continue to develop this package.
But it gave me a good idea what python package people are using for netCDF


2011/10/9 Konrad Hinsen <konrad.hinsen@fastmail.net>

> On 8 oct. 11, at 17:57, Vicente Sole wrote:
> > I have never seen myself a NetCDF file but if your NetCDF file is
> > using HDF5 as format (possible since NetCDF 4 if I am not mistaken),
> > you should be able to use h5py or PyTables to access and or modify it.
> I haven't tried this, but I don't think it's a good plan. PyTables can
> read arbitrary HDF5 files, but writes only a subset. The HDF5-based
> netCDF 4 format is also a subset of valid HDF5 files. It is unlikely
> that those two subsets are compatible, meaning that sooner or later
> PyTables will produce a file that netCDF 4 will not accept. h5py would
> be a better choice for an HDF5-based approach.
> However, there are two reasons for using a specific netCDF interface
> rather than HDF5:
> 1) There are still plenty of non-HDF5 netCDF files around, and netCDF4
> continues to support them.
> 2) The netCDF interface is simpler than the HDF5 interface, and
> therefore easier to use, even if that difference is much less
> important in Python than in C or Fortran.
> A full netCDF interface has been available for many years as part of
> the ScientificPython package:
> http://dirac.cnrs-orleans.fr/ScientificPython/ScientificPythonManual/
> Recent versions fully support netCDF4, including the HDF5-based formats.
> There are other Python interfaces to the netCDF libraries, but I
> haven't used them.
> Konrad.
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