Evaluating Coastal and Ocean Models

Are you writing custom scripts to evaluate coastal and ocean models? If so, you know how tedious and time consuming it can be. You may also be chewing up a significant amount of time fine tuning and exporting plots for presentations. There is a better way!

A highly interactive and flexible tool is available. Tecplot 360 helps get you through the “last mile” by delivering top-quality and easily adjustable plots. It cuts out the tedium of scripting so you can get your work done faster. You will find it so much easier to create plots with your eyes instead of your keyboard.

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Visualizing Ocean Models

Online Training: Tecplot 360 Basics


This training session uses an FVCOM dataset (in netCDF format) to walk you through the basic capabilities of visualizing your results with Tecplot 360. 
This training covers:

  • Loading FVCOM data in netCDF format 
  • Adding a georeferenced image 
  • Adjustment of 3D plot axis 
  • Value Blanking 
  • Slices, isosurfaces, and streamtraces 
  • Data extraction and polylines 
  • Exporting images and videos 

The dataset we will be working with can be downloaded from our Getting Started page Tecplot 360 Getting Started bundle.

Tecplot 360 includes the popular FVCOM loader which has the ability to insert georeferenced images, putting your data in context. Your georeferenced Google Earth or Bing Maps image is positioned and scaled automatically. You can then perform standard analyses, such as transect, isosurface and vertical profiles. Memory and speed optimizations are built in. And Tecplot 360 is available on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. Additional modules allow you to manage and analyze multiple simulation runs, automate scripts with Python, and manipulate large, remote models.

Tecplot 360

FVCOM, CFD++, FUN3D, Cart3D, US3D, Fluent, OpenFOAM, and more…

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“…by creating a model in Tecplot 360 we were able to understand what was happening.”

– Chris Berger, Research Faculty, Portland State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Read the Case Study »

More Customer Testimonials!

“This is so easy, I am loving it!”

– Jonathan Whiting, Researcher, Coastal Sciences Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
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“It’s pretty great! Way better than what I was using before, and easy to navigate.”

– Blake Clark, Graduate Research Assistant
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

“… easy to create transect, this is so cool.”

– Wenwei Xu, Earth Scientist, Coastal Sciences Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory