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Printable manuals

The pdf "mini" manuals use color to emphasize keywords, functions, and syntax. Hence, we suggest that these be printed in color. If not possible, black and white versions look fine. In either case, to save paper, use duplex mode if available. The graphics manual has not been updated in awhile, so it may not reflect newer graphics functionality. The language manual is up-to-date.

Note: a new NCL manual is being developed by DKRZ, with support from NCAR, that will replace the mini language and graphics manuals. We hope to have a first version ready by December 2014.

Other Manuals

  • Getting Started Using NCL (old, updated manual coming in winter 2014)

  • NCL Reference Manual

  • DKRZ: NCL_Tutorial_V1.1 This is a very nice combination of a subset of the Mini-Language Manual and an Introduction to NCL Graphics. It was created by Karin Meier-Fleischer and Michael Bottinger (DKRZ: Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum). It also mentions the Climate Data Operators (CDO) which were created at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology.

  • DKRZ: Examples and Exercises This is associated with the DKRZ Tutorial. It contains a suite of examples that illustrate creating NCL graphics.

  • Introdução ao NCAR Command Language (NCL), com aplicações em Meteorologia (pdf) - Esta apostila propõe-se a oferecer uma introdução básica e didática à linguagem de programação do NCAR Command Language e as suas capacidades de plotagem gráfica. A disponibilidade de um material em Português possibilita que mais usuários, falantes desta língua, comecem a usar e desfrutar todas as potencialidades oferecidas pelo NCL. Gostaríamos de contar com os usuários para correções e a constante melhora desta apostila.

    Em caso de dúvidas, sugestões, correções e críticas, por favor, mande um e-mail para

    • Mateus da Silva Teixeira, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil
    • Vanúcia Schumacher Pogorzelski, Meteorology student, Faculdade de Meteorologia, UFPel, Brazil
    • Stefane Fonseca Freitas, Meteorology student, Faculdade de Meteorologia, UFPel, Brazil
    • Carina Klug Padilha Reinke, Meteorologista, Centro de Pesquisas e Previsões Meteorológicas, Faculdade de Meteorologia, UFPel, Brazil
  • Tutorial sobre o NCAR Command Language (NCL) - written by Guilherme Martins of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais in Brazil.

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