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With this icon we can recreate the layers of the ecCharts web-based visualisation system in the Metview environment. The icon retrieves the global forecast fields for a given ecCharts layer from the MARS archive then applies the required post-processing steps and visualises the results with one of the pre-defined ecCharts styles.

 For help on editing icons, please see Editing Icons.

The Macro/Python equivalent of this icon is eccharts().

Output format

Please note that the output of the icon is not a single GRIB file but a list of the following items in the specified order:

  1. the GRIB fields retrieved from MARS
  2. a plot title definition (see Text plotting icon)
  3. a contouring definition (see Contouring icon) using the specified the pre-defined style associated with the layer
  4. a legend (see Legend icon) definition
Saving GRIB data

To save a local copy of the retrieved GRIB data use the Save result action from the icon context menu.

Generating script code

The icon is equipped with the Generate Macro and Generate Python context menu actions.

With these actions the actual retrieval, post-processing and visualisation steps can be saved into the specified script format (the generated script will appear in the current folder). As an example please see here the Macro code generated for layer t925.

Code Block
# Metview Macro

#  **************************** LICENSE START ***********************************
#  Copyright 2018 ECMWF. This software is distributed under the terms
#  of the Apache License version 2.0. In applying this license, ECMWF does not
#  waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as
#  an Intergovernmental Organization or submit itself to any jurisdiction.
#  ***************************** LICENSE END ************************************

# Retrieve data from MARS
data = retrieve(
    class : 'od',
    levelist : 925,
    levtype : 'pl',
    param : '130.128',
    stream : 'oper',
    type : 'fc',
    date : '20181127',
    time : '0000',
    grid : [1,1],
    step : '24',
    expver : '1')

# Define title
title = mtext(
    text_line_1 : "925 hPa temperature   START: <grib_info key='base-date' format='%d.%m.%Y. %H' where='shortName=t' /> UTC  STEP:  <grib_info key='step' where='shortName=t' />h  VALID FOR =  <grib_info key='valid-date' format='%d.%m.%Y. %H' where='shortName=t' /> UTC",
    text_colour : "charcoal")

# Define contouring
cont = mcont(
    contour_automatic_setting : "style_name",
    contour_style_name :        "sh_all_fM52t48i4",
    legend :                   "on")

# Define legend
legend = mlegend(
    legend_text_colour : "charcoal")

# Generate plot
plot(data, title, cont, legend)
What layers are available?

A fair number of ecCharts layers are available but several layers are not yet added to the icon. To figure out what layers are available more about the supported layers use the layer browser in the icon editor where the  layers can be searched for and their various properties can be inspected in shown below:

The Eccharts Editor


Specifies the name of the ecCharts layer.


Specifies the forecast steps in hours. Here a list of values is can be given.


Specifies the resolution of the resulting global grid in dx/dy format, where dx is the grid increment in east-west direction, while dy is the grid increment in north-south direction (both in units of degrees). The default value is: 1/1.


When this parameter is set to yes an error in the data retrieval or the post-processing steps will force the icon to fail and a Macro/Python script running the eccharts command will fail as well.  While  While if it is set to no the icon will not fail and the eccharts command in Macro/Python will returns return nil/None. The default value is yes.