# 13) The NETCDF forcing file can be partially read, by M. Lafaysse (CEN).

Two keys are added in NAM_IO_OFFLINE:

• LDELAYEDSTART_NC:
If .TRUE., the variable time in the NETCDF FORCING file is considered. This variable TIME is defined for each forcing time step, so the forcing time step corresponding to the date of beginning of the simulation (coming from the PREP file) is kept as the first forcing time step for the run.
• NDATESTOP:
Integer array of 4 elements: year, month, day and hour (in s) for the end of the simulation.
If NDATESTOP is not 0, it’s converted in number of forcing time steps and used to stop the simulation at this ending date.