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Difference between gsn generic and gsn_csm interfaces

The gsn_csm interfaces create more customized visualizations than the gsn generic interfaces, and, where possible, metadata is used for automatic labeling and coordinate information.

Some of the gsn_csm customizations include:

  • latitude/longitude tickmark labels for geo-referenced data
  • grey-filled land masses in map plots
  • axes labels and titles based on metadata
  • labelbar for filled contour and vector plots
  • special labels for polar stereographic plots
  • outward-pointing tickmarks
compare gsn_csm and gsn generic (filled contours)
compare gsn_csm and gsn generic (contours over maps)

Color maps

Contours

Map only

Primitives

Special

Streamlines

Vectors

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