What is the best way to open GRIB files in Matlab R2021a

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I need to use weather data from NOAA in my simulations. I am currently using the NetCDF data and they are very large (>6 G) for 1 hour worth of data. Thus making it computationally expensive to read the data, expecially when one need to run the simulation with 1 week worth of weather data.
The best option is to use the weather data with the GRIB format.
I have searched the internet with little success on how to read GRIB files in MATLAB. The viable option is https://github.com/nctoolbox/nctoolbox/wiki . However, nctoolbox does not support newer versions of MATLAB: https://github.com/nctoolbox/nctoolbox/issues/128.
Please, what is the best way to analyze GRIB data files in newer versions for MATLAB. i.e. R2021a.
Thank you for your help.

Answers (2)

Peter on 22 Jun 2022
I run nctoolbox just fine on the latest versions of MATLAB (R2020 onwards). In some cases, you might need to disable the version of protobuf3.jar shipped with matlab and therefore have matlab use the native version of this java library with the OS. To do this, I found merely renaming $MATLABROOT/java/jarext/protobuf3.jar to something like protobuf3.jar.save works with no secondary consequences that I found.
However, I think starting with R2021b, this may not even be necessary anymore and nctoolbox works straight out of the box, at least for me. I think this is because MATLAB stopped shipping a copy of protobuf3.jar with its distribution.
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Ashwin Gadgil
Ashwin Gadgil on 5 Aug 2022
Peter, Thank you. Your rsuggestion worked. And the whole bunch of other java errors I was getting have disappeared.
However it still shows up this message "2022-08-05 10:01:30,513 [main] WARN ucar.nc2.grib.grib2.Grib2Index - Grib2Index bad size = -1 for test.grb2 index = test.grb2.gbx9"
Is this something to be concerned about?

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Sivani Pentapati
Sivani Pentapati on 30 Sep 2021
Please refer to the below File Exchange link for GRIB file reader
Isabelle Gouirand
Isabelle Gouirand on 22 Nov 2022
hi i have the same issue. i download the toolbox and cannot find a way to open the data.
i am not sure to understand what it is about. If the data are downloaded already (without the API) from ECWMF copernicus. how do we open them?
i have no isse with .nc file.
Is there an existing function to open .grid file?

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