Chapter 2.  NetCDF Files and Components

Table of Contents

2.1. Filename
2.2. Data Types
2.3. Naming Conventions
2.4. Dimensions
2.5. Variables
2.5.1. Missing Data
2.6. Attributes
2.6.1. Identification of Conventions
2.6.2. Description of file contents

The components of a netCDF file are described in section 2 of the NUG [NUG]. In this section we describe conventions associated with filenames and the basic components of a netCDF file. We also introduce new attributes for describing the contents of a file.

2.1. Filename

NetCDF files should have the file name extension ".nc".