Meteorology in Debian Science
The Sentinel page gathers meteorology packages.
Meteorology tools in Debian / currently being packaged
nco command-line operators to analyze netCDF files
arkimet Arkimet is a set of tools to archive, dispatch and distribute data files.
OASIS (upstream) climate model Coupler
cdat : Climate Data Analysis Tools
cmor : Climate Model Output Rewriter - rewrite output in a format suitable for the IPCC experiments.
HDF-EOS : extension of HDF for Earth Observation Systems: The library supports the construction of new data structures: Grid, Point and Swath
g2clib : GRIB2 library from NCEP. Present in fedora, needed by NCL.
(upstream) library for handling physical units. used by NCL, etc.
libterralib used by Magics++, etc.
Spherepack. Now released under BSD license.
Analysis and Visualization
zyGrib GRIB file viewer
GrADS Grid Analyis and Display System
Software that could be included in Debian
ESMF NCAR Earth System Modelling Framework, a coupler for Climate model. Similar to OASIS, used mainly by American models.
* MCT Model Coupling Toolkit. Used by ESMF and now OASIS3-MCT
wgrib GRIB1 file manipulation. Present in Fedora / Redhat / SuSE.
DIANA Open-source meteorological workstation from met.no
HITRAN : Database of Spectroscopic info for radiative transfers
SZIP is a compression library for HDF and other scientific data. HDF which we ship, can be built against it, but SZIP is patented (US only?) and is free for non-commercial use (ie. not DFSG-free). It is unlikely to change and we could not ship it (can it be shipped in non-free ?). However it would be desirable for HDF on Debian to be able to use it if present: hence a patch could be written to dynamically open it if present. The patent is owned by NASA who have agreed not to enforce it; it expires in a year or so. A GNU GPL'd version of SZIP is being written so that SZIP can be included in WMO standards.
NCL Depends on a large number of packages, many in Debian. The required ones that could cause issues include:
Triangle - non-free license. Contact author ?
Vis5d - Has a plugin that is non-free outside NCL, but GTK replacement in progress? There has been no progress in recent years.
EUMETNET and member consortia have agreed that GRIB2 will be the interchange format between their models. Ensure that tools within Debian Met. work with GRIB2.
GSHHS : Global Self-consistent Hierarchical High-resolution Shorelines
Several packages include their own copies of GSHHS maps and code. These should be merged, and one set of maps provided. DebianScienceGshhsMaps describes the work in progress.