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Visualization Workshop NCL 11/2013

On November 28. and 29., 2013, a 2-day hands-on workshop focused on the visualization of climate model data with the NCAR Command Language (NCL) was given.
Nov 28, 2013 to Nov 29, 2013 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100)
KlimaCampus Climate Visualization Laboratory
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On November 28th and 29th 2013, the KlimaCampus Climate Visualization Laboratory hosted a two day hands-on tutorial workshop on the data analysis and 2D visualization software "NCL", a scripting language developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

This was a beginner level workshop which was focused on the use of NCL for the visualization of 2D gridded model or observational data. The tutorial covered the following content:

  • NCL language basics
  • Scalar techniques (XY-, Contour-, Slice-, Bar Chart-plots)
  • Plot layout (Panels, Overlays, Annotations, Maps)
  • Creating animations


globe orography of different grid resolutions Multiple timeseries Contour overlayed by vectors



Slides of Mary Haley



Link to the examples


Slides of Karin Meier-Fleischer

Exercises and Tasks



NCL - the NCAR Command Language


NCL Tutorial DKRZ NCL Tutorial Dokument
NCL HomePage NCL-HomePage


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