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We are interested in using a dataset created by a fire lab. The data is in ARC BIL format. Is there a way to convert this into netCDF?

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You might try the Raster to netCDF tool in ArcView.

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GDAL supports both netCDF and BIL (according to: If you are looking for an open source solution, this seems to be a good way to go.

Note though that NetCDF support in GDAL is optional, and not compiled in by default.

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