Timeseries with common element times in a time coordinate variable using the orthogonal multidimensional array representation. Timeseries of station data in the incomplete multidimensional array representation. This enables users of data from different sources to decide which quantities are comparable, and facilitates building applications with powerful extraction, regridding, and display capabilities.
The net CDF interface enables but does not require the creation of datasets.
This standard also relaxes the COARDS constraints on dimension order and specifies methods for reducing the size of datasets.
Since climate and forecast data are often not simply representative of points in space/time, other extensions provide for the description of coordinate intervals, multidimensional cells and climatological time coordinates, and indicate how a data value is representative of an interval or cell.
Latitude and longitude on the WGS 1984 datum CRS WKT 5.12. It is possible to provide the metadata describing how a field is located in time and space in many different ways that a human would immediately recognize as equivalent.
An important benefit of a convention is that it enables software tools to display data and perform operations on specified subsets of the data with minimal user intervention.