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A valid WMS request example for one of the available formats is given below (NB you can copy-n-paste it into your browser address without removing the end-of-line enters). You can copy it into your browser to obtain the image, and see that is works. We chose the same bounding boxes as in the OPeNDAP primer that access these very same datasets via netCDF libraries in Matlab, python or R. We discussed the pros and cons of WCS vs OPeNDAP in a paper in Transactions in GIS that was presented at the FOSS4G conference.