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Creates and draws a contour plot.


load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_code.ncl"  ; This library is automatically loaded
                                                          ; from NCL V6.2.0 onward.
                                                          ; No need for user to explicitly load.

	function gsn_contour (
		wks [1] : graphic,  
		data    : numeric,  
		res [1] : logical   

	return_val [1] :  graphic



A Workstation identifier. The identifier is one returned either from calling gsn_open_wks or calling create to create a Workstation object.


The data to contour; must be one- or two-dimensional.


A variable containing an optional list of plot resources, attached as attributes. Set to True if you want the attached attributes to be applied, and False if you either don't have any resources to set, or you don't want the resources applied.

Return value

A scalar id of the contour plot created is returned. The id of the data object is also returned as an attribute called data. This is useful if you want to use setvalues to change some data options after this function has been called.


This function creates and draws a contour plot on the given workstation.

If data is two-dimensional, then the leftmost dimension is represented on the Y axis, and the rightmost dimension on the X axis.

If data is one-dimensional, then res@sfXArray and res@sfYArray must also be set to one-dimensional arrays of the same length, and a triangulation algorithm will be used to generate the contours.

If data has a _FillValue attribute, this value will be used as a missing value. If data has a long_name attribute, this value will be used as the main title.

You should use gsn_csm_contour if you want a more customized contour plot and/or if your data has coordinate arrays.

To maximize the area that the plot is drawn in, set the special resource gsnMaximize to True.

See Also

Special gsn resources


For some application examples, see:

See also the suite of gsn_contour examples.