Ocean Data View

Ocean Data View (ODV) is a software package for the interactive exploration, analysis and visualization of oceanographic and other geo-referenced profile or sequence data, see http://odv.awi.de.  ODV is freely available and runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and UNIX (Solaris, Irix, AIX) systems. 

While PanPlot2 is a useful tool to visualize time series,  profile data - e.g. from radiosondes - can be better displayed using ODV.


  • To distinguish between several radiosondes profiles performed within 24 hours it is recommended to reduce "Time" in the menue View/Settings/Import/Station_break_tolerances from the default value 24 to e.g. 1 hour. This has to be done just once after installing ODV.
  • ODV accepts only geo-referenced data, even if all data are taken from the same location. Thus, you must choose Latitude, Longitude as parameters to convert  from the Metadata with Pan2Applic in case they do not exists in the data itself.
  • DATE/TIME given in the metadata from PANGAEA derived files descibes the START and the END of the measurements while the DATE/TIME information within the data describes the moment when a distinct measurement was taken. This information is needed for ODV. Thus, do not choose DATE/TIME given in the metadata while converting PANGAEA derived files for ODV using Pan2Applic.