McIDAS, ldm-mcidas, IDD Datastreams, Collaborations
August 24, 2006
Efforts referenced within this report are based on five of the six
endeavors articulated in the Unidata 2008 Proposal:
- Endeavor 1: Responding to a broader and more diverse community
- Endeavor 2: Comprehensive Support Services
- Endeavor 4: Software to analyze and visualize geoscience data
- Endeavor 5: Distributed, organized collections of digital material
- Endeavor 6: Improved data access infrastructure
Unidata McIDAS-X, -XCD
- Version 2006 released on August 4, 2006. As of August 24, 2006
5 sites have downloaded Unidata McIDAS 2006. For a
historical comparison, 102 sites downloaded version 2004
and approx. 60 downloaded v2005.
- two bugfix/enhancement updates have been released for v2006.
- Highlights of the v2006 release include:
- A new command, IMGRBG was added to McIDAS-X. IMGRGB
combines images and basemaps into a multi-banded RGB image.
- WWDISP was modified to correctly plot severe
thunderstorm and tornado watch boxes. WWDISP in versions
prior to 2006 will not plot the boxes because of a February
2006 change to the National Weather Service product
- GRDLIST output was modified because another space was
required in the LEVEL field. To accommodate the extra space
there while keeping the overall output width to 80
characters or less, the DAY, TIME and SRC fields were moved
one space to the right, and the FHOUR field was reduced by
- The remote ADDE server installation script was removed
from the Windows XP distribution.
- A major change for the Unidata v2006 MCGUI is the
reformulation of the image display definition file
ADDEIMAGE.CORE. In an effort to make ADDEIMAGE.CORE (and
ADDEIMAGE.SITE and ADDEIMAGE.USER) entries easier to
create/modify, the format of the file has been completely
changed. v2005 versions of ADDEIMAGE.(CORE|SITE|USER) are
incompatible with MCGUI v2006. If you created any of these
files, you need to move them out of your MCPATH directories
before attempting to run MCGUI v2006.
- A GRIB ADDE server is now available in v2006. One may
continue to serve McIDAS GRID files as always, but may want
to switch to the new GRIB server for faster data transfers
and less disk space usage. The real-time GRIB server
utilizes a MySQL database. Only GRIB files from the NOAAPORT
data stream have been tested and are fully supported.
- continuing support/bug fixes for Unidata and SSEC McIDAS-X, -XCD
- training workshop scheduled for October 30 - November 2, 2006 at the
CTTC training facility in UCAR. The McIDAS training session will
be held in parallel with the netCDF and THREDDS workshops.
ldm-mcidas, IDD datastreams, and NOAAPORT and GOES ingest
- ldm-mcidas: v2004 was released on October 15, 2004
Decoding support for the FSL2 RASS data will be added for the
v2005 release in October/November. Modifications for
BUFR format wind profiler data and support of McIDAS v2005
format of the satellite information file SATBAND will be
included in a 2006 release. (Yoksas)
- Unidata-Wisconsin: IDD UNIWISC datastream continues to
supply Unidata users with realtime GOES data. Plans for
including GOES-10 imagery in North-South American composites
have already been developed; implementation is contingent
on GOES-10 starting operational scanning of South America
from its position at 60 W.
- NOAAPORT: The Unidata-developed DVB-S NOAAPORT ingest system
has been in use at the UPC and several (7) Unidata sites since the
NWS transition to DVB-S broadcast. Four non-Unidata sites
are know to be using the injest system, but we don't spend
effort tracking use. (Chiswell, Schmidt, Yoksas)
SSEC provides and supports the Unidata DVB-S NOAAPORT ingest system
for its licensed users of McIDAS-XCD.
The SSEC-developed NOAAPORT desktop ingest system (SDI) that
had been used by the SRCC was being repurposed at the UPC into a
GOES-West ingester and ADDE image server for the Unidata community.
SDI cards donated to the UPC by the Weather Underground and St. Louis
University will be used to establish a GOES-East ingester in UCAR
and as spare parts (active, Schmidt, Yoksas).
Full resolution GOES-East/West imagery are also available
via ADDE from a Unidata-owned, toplevel IDD relay node housed
in the SSEC data center. (Yoksas, Schmidt).
- the NOAAPORT ingest system installed at the Universidad de Costa
Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica continues to function as designed
This NOAAPORT reception system installation is a high
profile undertaking at the UCR, so its continued success
remains important for Unidata. (Yoksas)
Collaboration activities remain mostly unchanged since the May 2003 report.
Details can be found in
May 1, 2003 Policy Committee Report.
Collaborations that are most active include:
- Collaborations with EUMETSAT aimed at promoting use of remote access
methodologies (first ADDE and then full THREDDS), first in
Darmstadt and then in member states, have resulted in
free ADDE access to real-time METEOSAT-8 data (after users
register with EUMETSAT). EUMETSAT personnel (Marianne Koenig)
reported on the status of this effort at the Spring 2006
AGU Joint Assembly held Baltimore, MD in May.
- INPE/CPTEC has succeeded in converting satellite
imagery captured by its TeraScan (tm) system to McIDAS AREA
format and is now providing the converted data through
the IDD-Brazil. Evaluation of the images being produced by
CPTEC by the UPC showed a systematic error in each band. CPTEC
was informed of the problems (see
CPTEC TDF -> McIDAS AREA imagery compared to SSEC McIDAS AREA imagery
for one comparison and is taking corrective action. The UPC
has been promised the code so it can evaluate the effort of
turning it into an ADDE TDF server.
- MeteoForum. This collaboration resulted in the creation in the
South American extension of the IDD, the IDD-Brazil.
This effort captured and still holds the interest in the highest
levels in Brazilian meteorological circles. More
information on the IDD-Brazil can be found in the
MeteoForum status report.
- continuing support of over 160 sites
- continuing participation by foreign universities (GEMPAK, IDV,
Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, China (Hong Kong), Costa Rica,
Ecuador, France, Jamaica, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain,
Thailand, United Kingdom, Venezuela.
- additional information on Unidata User Support activities can be
found in a separate report
by Tom Yoksas.