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 https://www.giss.nasa.gov/tools/panoply/

Panoply download page
Choose the download based on your operation system. In this case, I am using Windows
In the JAVA_9 notebook, you are directed to go to https://adoptopenjdk.net/releases.html to download the Java installation. This is actually the alternative route to install Java. Because of licensing issues, many organizations that use Java have opted to use one of the several alternative open source Java distributions such as AdoptOpenJDK, Amazon Corretto, Azul Zulu, etc. Panoply users have reported good results using AdoptOpenJDK. That is why, Panoply developer suggested to use AdoptOpenJDK.
Once you open the link, this is the homepage. I chose the OpenJDK 11 (the default suggestion), actually I am not sure about the details. But, I assume that is the long term and stable version. Cmiiw
Scroll down and you will see several options. I chose Windows installation using x64 (matching it with my laptop specs). Then I clicked the adoptium.net link provided at the right section of the table. (highlighted in yellow)
Then there is another page to download the file. I chose Windows x64 and download the zip file. I clicked at the zip button highlighted in yellow. Then the download will start automatically.

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Sry Handini Puteri

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