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Creates and draws a vector plot over a map.


load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_code.ncl"  ; This library is automatically loaded
                                                          ; from NCL V6.2.0 onward.
                                                          ; No need for user to explicitly load.

	function gsn_vector_map (
		wks  [1] : graphic,  
		u [*][*] : numeric,  
		v [*][*] : numeric,  
		res  [1] : logical   

	return_val [1] :  graphic



A Workstation identifier. The identifier is one returned either from calling gsn_open_wks or calling create to create a Workstation object.


The u and v data for the vector plot; must be two-dimensional.


A variable containing an optional list of plot resources, attached as attributes. Set to True if you want the attached attributes to be applied, and False if you either don't have any resources to set, or you don't want the resources applied.

Return value

A scalar id of the map created is returned. The id of the vector plot is returned as an attribute called vector, and the id of the data is returned as an attribute called data. This is useful if you want to use setvalues to change some data or vector options after this function has been called.


This function creates and draws a vector plot over a map on the given workstation.

If either u or v have a _FillValue attribute, these values will be used as missing values.

You should use gsn_csm_vector_map if you want a more customized vector plot and/or if your data has coordinate arrays.

To maximize the area that the plot is drawn in, set the special resource gsnMaximize to True.

See Also

Special gsn resources


load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_code.ncl"

  dir = ncargpath("data")
  uf = addfile(dir+"/cdf/Ustorm.cdf","r")  ; Open two netCDF files.
  vf = addfile(dir+"/cdf/Vstorm.cdf","r")

  u   = uf->u(0,:,:)   ; Get u, v, lat, lon data.
  v   = vf->v(0,:,:)
  lat = uf->u&lat
  lon = uf->u&lon

  wks = gsn_open_wks("x11","gsn_vector_map") ; Open a workstation.

  resources = True 

  nlon = dimsizes(lon)
  nlat = dimsizes(lat)
  resources@vfXCStartV  = lon(0)      ; Define lat/lon corners
  resources@vfXCEndV    = lon(nlon-1) ; for vector plot.
  resources@vfYCStartV  = lat(0)
  resources@vfYCEndV    = lat(nlat-1)

  map = gsn_vector_map(wks,u,v,resources)  ; Draw a vector plot of
                                           ; u and v over a map.