How to install NASA Panoply

Sry Handini Puteri
3 min readApr 7, 2022

Panoply is a graphical visualization tool which is able to produce two dimensional plots of geographically referenced data. Panoply is a cross-platform application that runs on Macintosh, Windows, Linux and other desktop computers. Panoply is created by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Generally, Panoply can:

  • Plot longitude-latitude arrays as global or regional maps
  • Plot zonal average curves of longitude-latitude data
  • Plot latitude-vertical arrays
  • Plot time-latitude arrays, i.e. Hovmöller diagrams
  • Combine two sets of data by differencing, summing or averaging them
  • Use a range of 40 color tables and over 75 map projections
  • Save plots in a variety of file formats and export animations as AVI or MOV videos Besides the netCDF format, Panoply can recognize HDF (Hierarchical Data Format) and GRIB (Gridded Binary) file formats.

Oftentimes, if you are using Windows to install Panoply, it will fail, since it required us to install Java Runtime Environment 9. There will be a pop-up box saying to install Java Runtime Environment 9. Here is the workaround that might work.

  1. First, download Panoply from its official website.

The Panoply data viewer can be downloaded from



Sry Handini Puteri

Personal learning space ; A Geoenthusiast ; Interested in Disaster Risk Management