[vtkusers] File format - netCDF to/from VTK

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Wed Dec 19 17:57:27 EST 2007

Just such an open source application exists and has been in use by the ocean modeling community for years.  Take a look at
You may also go directly to the software site

The EEE (a.k.a. e3) visual editor at the heart of GGG (a.k.a. g3) displays netCDF grids in 3D.  Other tools in the g3 package generate and convert various formats.  The latest version is available from the svn repository.  It is current with VTK 5 and netCDF 3.6.1. 

g3 has been tested on SuSE Linux 10.0.  People at Boulder have ported earlier versions to Mac.  A researcher in Beijing has not yet reported total Mac success with the latest g3 version , but he did get all the tools to compile and run.

I am responsible for the source code that you may be interested in.  Please feel free to email any questions to the list, or to me personally.

John Davis

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From: lester anderson <lester at arctica1.wanadoo.co.uk>
To: vtkusers at vtk.org
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 1:13:55 AM
Subject: [vtkusers] File format - netCDF to/from VTK



I was wondering if it is possible to convert to or from netCDF format to VTK? The netCDF format is a fundamental part of Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) (http://gmt.soest.hawaii.edu/) and widely used in geophysics, so it would be useful to be able to load up single or multiple netCDF grids into VTK for use in volume rendering and generation of isosurfaces.


Hopefully there are some ideas on this aspect.





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