You are correct that the documentation for mpAreaNames is out of date
and needs updating. We will put this
on our to-do list and hopefully it can be corrected very soon.
Meanwhile let me explain the current status.
Assuming the mpDataBaseVersion is set to "Ncarg4_1" or "MediumRes", you
can select from a choice of three map
datasets, "Earth..1", "Earth..2", or "Earth..3", using the
mpDataSetName resource. The default is "Earth..2" but
unfortunately the HLU documentation only discusses "Earth..1", which is
somewhat older. However, you can
find the "Earth..2" dataset described in documentation for the NCARG
low level utilities at:
"Earth..3", which differs only in that the US states are subdivided by
climatic region rather than by county, is
with graphic illustrations of the divisions at:
Regarding the actual areas you were unable to find, it is true that
Monaco is too small to be properly represented
at the scale of the "MediumRes" map database, so it is absent. "Serbia
and Montenegro" are still referenced
by the name "Yugoslavia", which was correct until February, 2003,
If you have other difficulties using mpAreaNames, please let me know.
On Jul 7, 2004, at 9:27 AM, Heiko Klein wrote:
> I would like to make more use of the area database included into ncl
> (version 4.1), but I couldn't even find out how to print the included
> mpAreaNames doesn't seem to function in a simple way in ncl, and the
> database-table under
> http://ngwww.ucar.edu/ngdoc/ng/ref/hlu/obj/MapPlotData4_1.html seems
> to be outdated. Though I could use 'Land : Eurasia : Kyrgyzstan', it
> wasn't included in the table. The same is true for Georgia,
> Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
> I still have some problems with the following countries: Monaco (to
> small?), 'Serbia and Montenegro' (to new?). Or do they just have other
> It would be nice to see how to access some database-functions from
> ncl. All examples deal either in C/Fortran with the database or they
> are well hidden within ncl.
> Best regards,
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