2015-04-24

Accessing Atmospheric and Oceanographic Data Formats with ArcGIS

Recently we've received a number of inquiries about accessing RDA datasets with ArcGIS.  ArcGIS provides the capability to ingest most data formats that are used in the Atmospheric Science and Oceanography communities.  These include GRIB-1, GRIB-2, NetCDF, HDF4, and HDF5.  OPeNDAP access is also supported in ArcGIS.  A list of related links describing this support is included below.



General overview of multidimensional raster types provided by ArcGIS:
https://desktop.arcgis.com/en/desktop/latest/manage-data/raster-and-images/multidimensional-raster-types.htm

Creating a Mosaic dataset from GRIB-1, GRIB-2, NetCDF, HDF-4 and HDF-5 in ArcGIS:
https://desktop.arcgis.com/en/desktop/latest/manage-data/raster-and-images/wkflw-creating-a-mosaic-dataset-using-vector-field-template.htm

Additional way to create a mosaic dataset from NetCDF files in ArcGIS:
https://desktop.arcgis.com/en/desktop/latest/manage-data/raster-and-images/creating-and-visualizing-a-multidimensional-mosaic-dataset.htm

Additional resources/examples for accessing NetCDF data in ArcGIS:
From NASA:
http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/recipes/?q=recipes/How-to-Import-Gridded-Data-in-NetCDF-Format-into-ArcGIS

From NCAR:
http://www.narccap.ucar.edu/data/gis-howto.html

Accessing THREDDS/OPeNDAP in ArcGIS:
https://publicwiki.deltares.nl/display/OET/OPeNDAP+access+with+arcGis

http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2011/04/19/environmental-data-collector-extension-for-arcgis-10-0/

Python tools for bridging the gap between OPeNDAP and ArcGIS:
https://github.com/rsignell-usgs/dap2arc

Multidimension Supplemental tools package from ESRI:
http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=9f963f362fe5417f87d44618796db938

List of raster dataset file formats supported by ArcGIS:
https://desktop.arcgis.com/en/desktop/latest/manage-data/raster-and-images/supported-raster-dataset-file-formats.htm




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