xarray.as_variable(obj, name=None) → Union[xarray.core.variable.Variable, xarray.core.variable.IndexVariable]

Convert an object into a Variable.


Object to convert into a Variable.

  • If the object is already a Variable, return a shallow copy.

  • Otherwise, if the object has ‘dims’ and ‘data’ attributes, convert it into a new Variable.

  • If all else fails, attempt to convert the object into a Variable by unpacking it into the arguments for creating a new Variable.

namestr, optional

If provided:

  • obj can be a 1D array, which is assumed to label coordinate values along a dimension of this given name.

  • Variables with name matching one of their dimensions are converted into IndexVariable objects.


The newly created variable.