netCDF data in Excel

Robert Latham robl at
Thu Mar 13 08:03:46 CDT 2008

Saw this on the netcdf list.  Since pnetcdf uses the same file format,
anybody so inclined can use this as well. 


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Thanks to Alexander Bruhn, there is now a precompiled netCDF DLL for
Windows with the associated declarations needed for manipulating netCDF
data in Excel with VBA.

Using this combination, netCDF data can be easily analyzed or plotted
with Excel built-in functions.  Known limitations are those imposed by
Microsoft, for example the maximum number of rows and columns, and the
maximum number of cells in a worksheet.

The DLL provides access to the most commonly used functions in the
NetCDF C Library.  The web page

describes how this is done, provides a download of the DLL, links to an
Excel worksheet containing examples, and explains the examples.


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