Met.3D is an open-source visualisation tool for interactive, three-dimensional visualisation of numerical ensemble weather predictions and similar gridded atmospheric datasets. The tool is implemented in C++ and OpenGL 4 and runs on standard commodity hardware. Its only “special” requirement is an OpenGL 4.3 capable graphics card.

Main webpage

This is the Met.3D documentation. Please also visit the Met.3D main webpage!


Met.3D is open-source, and available on Gitlab. The software is licensed under the GNU General Public License, Version 3.

Met.3D currently runs under Linux. It has originally been designed for weather forecasting during atmospheric research field campaigns, however, is not restricted to this application. Besides being used as a visualisation tool, Met.3D is intended to serve as a framework to implement and evaluate new 3D and ensemble visualisation techniques for the atmospheric sciences.

Met.3D is currently developed within the Visual Data Analysis Group at the Regional Computing Center, Universität Hamburg, Germany. We hope you find the tool useful for your work, too. Please let us know about your experiences.

The documentation for Met.3D is organised into the following sections:


The documentation you are reading is work in progress. We are adding bits and pieces whenever we find time. If you don’t find the information you are looking for, please contact us. If you like to contribute to the documentation, please let us know as well!

Reference publication

The Met.3D reference publication has been published in Geoscientific Model Development and is available online:

Rautenhaus, M., Kern, M., Schäfler, A., and Westermann, R.: “Three-dimensional visualization of ensemble weather forecasts – Part 1: The visualization tool Met.3D (version 1.0)”, Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2329-2353, doi:10.5194/gmd-8-2329-2015, 2015.

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