This software package was developed to supply a multi-platform GRIB
C-language (FORTRAN callable) decoding package compatible to some
extent with ECMWF GRIBEX routine.
The kernel of the package
was originally written by M.Mazzola and M.Bider at PICOdata s.r.l.
Milano, Italy and included:
This kernel was then revised and integrated (1999-2004) by Davide
Cesari and Paolo Patruno at ARPA SMR Bologna, Italy. Revision resulted
in many bug fixes and in the expansion of the decoding capabilities
of section 1 and 2 in GRIB messages. Integration resulted in the
development of module PBUTILS, emulating ECMWF PBIO utilities, which
handle GRIB message file I/O.
- DUMPGRIB a program that allows to view all information contained
in GRIB message informative sections and the first ten actual values
of the data grid
- SHOWGRIB a program that allows to decode a file of GRIB messages
and to create, for each field, a file containing main information and
all decompressed data associated with their coordinates
- PARTGRIB a program that allows to divide a single file made up of
several GRIB messages in many files each consisting of a single GRIB
- GRIBLIB a library of routines used by SHOWGRIB, DUMPGRIB and
PARTGRIB to support GRIB decoding functions
- GRIBEX a C-language routine emulating the GRIB decoding section of
ECMWF GRIBEX FORTRAN subroutine
Picogrib 1.1 and following versions are released under GPL
(Generic Public License) by ARPA-SIMC (see file licenza.txt for license terms;
license.txt is the original GNU license from which it derives).
Picogrib version 2.6 has been released; this version has a
GNU-autotools build system that makes it much easier to build.
It has also a more flexible partgrib command-line tool.
This package is superseded by other more up-to-date software packages, it
is maintained only as a dependency of
Bugfixes and new versions will be made only if really necessary.
Massimo Bider, Paolo Patruno,
ARPA-SIMC, Viale Silvani 6, 40122 Bologna, Italy
e-mail: mbider <at> users <dot> sf <dot> net
pat1 <at> users <dot> sf <dot> net
cesari <at> users <dot> sf <dot> net