Technical information and scientific references

For more detailed information about the data, tools and methods behind the Marine Water Quality Dashboard:

netCDF

The Unidata program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has developed a set of software libraries and machine-independent data formats for the representation of array-oriented scientific data. NetCDF (network Common Data Form) is one such interface. A set of software libraries, an interface, standards development and software updates all support the creation, access, and sharing of scientific data. The freely available source can be obtained by anonymous FTP.

The climate and forecast community understood that Unidata's simple set of conventions for the creation of (SDS) Scientific Data Sets were not adequate for writing generic analysis and visualisation applications. This led to the development and publishing of the Climate and Forecast (CF) Conventions.

The Bureau of Meteorology has followed the CF set of conventions in creating both eReefs ReefTemp and eReefs Marine Water Quality Database netCDF datasets. By being CF compliant this allows software packages that recognise these conventions to read all files.