The NCO (netCDF Operator) command ncks (netCDF Kitchen Sink).

From the documentation:

> > The nickname "kitchen sink" is a catch-all because `ncks` combines most features of `ncdump` and `nccopy` with extra features to extract, hyperslab, multi-slab, sub-set, and translate into one versatile utility. `ncks` extracts (a subset of the) data from input-file and and writes (or pastes) it in netCDF format to output-file, and optionally writes it in flat binary format to binary-file, and optionally prints it to screen. > > > > /.../ > > > > `ncks` extracts (and optionally creates a new netCDF file comprised of) only selected variables from the input file (similar to the old `ncextr` specification). Only variables and coordinates may be specifically included or excluded—all global attributes and any attribute associated with an extracted variable are copied to the screen and/or output netCDF file. > >

The flag for extracting variables is -v (followed by variable name(s) separated by commas):

_ncks -v var1,var2 _no space after the comma!

In case you’ve forgotten what the names of your variables are, do:

_ncdump -h in_filename.nc_

-h prints headers only (and not the values). I usually direct the output of ncdump to a text file:

_ncdump -h > ncdump.txt_

Also, if you forgot some of the variables that you wanted then you don’t have to do the whole list again - NCO is always willing to append variables. So if you run:

ncks -v var3

but the already exists, then NCO will prompt you with this:

> > ncks: exists---`e'xit, `o'verwrite (i.e., delete existing file), or `a'ppend (i.e., replace duplicate variables in and add new variables to existing file) (e/o/a)? > >

So you can enter a and hit ‘return’.