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I have a shapefile of the worlds biomes

I would like to export it as a raster file; preferably a netCDF file with the MsTMIP format standard.

Ultimately, I could work with a netCDF that keeps metadata from the shapefile, or even a csv with no metadata. I can generate the .csv myself, but I expect that existing tools will do much of the work for me. Do they exist?

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Use ogr2ogr to convert it to GMT vector format, and then convert it using GMT to netCDF with all metadata saved.

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    Thanks - I'll let you know how it goes; I am glad to see that GMT5 is released under LGPL, since it is compatible with my BSD license. – Abe Oct 26 '12 at 20:16

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