Update R Import/Export Manual? was: [R] A package to read and write NetCDF?

Angel Lopez angel_lul at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 7 13:45:41 CEST 2004

Maybe this package and the one I mentioned (ncdf) should be in the 
manual "R Data Import/Export" that now says:
Binary data formats

Packages hdf5 and netCDF on CRAN provide experimental interfaces to 
NASA's HDF5 (Hierarchical Data Format, see 
http://hdf.ncsa.uiuc.edu/HDF5/) and to UCAR's netCDF data files (network 
Common Data Form, see http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/packages/netcdf/), 

Both of these are systems to store scientific data in array-oriented 
ways, including descriptions, labels, formats, units, .... HDF5 also 
allows groups of arrays, and the R interface maps lists to HDF5 groups, 
and can write numeric and character vectors and matrices.

The R interface can only read netCDF, not write it (yet).

Well, the yet seems no longer valid, package ncdf (and apparently 
clim.pact also) are able to write netCDF.

Stephan Matthiesen wrote:
> Hi,
> Am Dienstag, 6. April 2004 02:35 schrieb Shin, Daehyok:
>>I am looking for a package to read and write NetCDF files.
>>NetCDF package says it can only read, not write.
>>Another package for the standard binary file format?
> The package clim.pact has the functions r2cdf and retrieve.nc
> I haven't tried them, but the documentation says they are for NetCDF writing 
> and reading. Hope that helps...
> Stephan
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