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How To: Convert a GRIB file to netCDF in ArcGIS Pro


A GRIB file is a multidimensional raster data and commonly used in meteorology to store historical and forecast weather data. This article provides the workflow to convert a GRIB file to a netCDF file while preserving the raster multiple dimensions in ArcGIS Pro.


  1. Add the GRIB file to an ArcGIS Pro project.
    1. On the Map tab, click Add Data, and select Multidimensional Raster Layer.
    2. In the Add Multidimensional Raster Layers pane, click the Import Variables The Import Variables icon. icon, and browse to the GRIB file for the input.
    3. For Select Variables, check the check box of the variables to retain in the raster layer.
    4. Click OK.
Image of the Add Multidimensional Raster Layers pane.
  1. Run the Raster to NetCDF tool to convert the GRIB file to netCDF.
    1. For Input Raster, select the GRIB file added to the project.
    2. Specify a path for Output netCDF File.
    3. Click Run.
Image of the Raster to NetCDF pane.
  1. Optionally, run the Make NetCDF Raster Layer tool to create a raster layer from the converted netCDF file, and add the raster layer to the project. Refer to Make NetCDF Raster Layer (Multidimension) for more information.

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Last Published: 9/23/2020

Article ID: 000024025

Software: ArcGIS Pro 2.6, 2.5.2, 2.5.1, 2.5, 2.4.3, 2.4.2, 2.4.1, 2.4, 2.3.3, 2.3.2, 2.3.1, 2.3, 2.2.4, 2.2.3, 2.2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2