This effort supports five of the funding proposal's six focus areas:
1. Broadening participation and expanding community services
2. Advancing data services
3. Developing and deploying useful tools
5. Providing leadership in cyberinfrastructure
6. Promoting diversity by expanding opportunities
The use of McIDAS in the U.S. educational community remains largely unchanged since the last User Committee meeting in Spring 2010. We estimate that approximately 40 U.S. and international educational sites are actively using Unidata McIDAS-X/-XCD.
Unidata McIDAS-X/-XCD v2009f is an addendum upgrade to v2009, and it includes all bugfixes/modifications/additions made available in the SSEC v2010.1 release. It was decided to not follow the SSEC lead in renaming releases to match the year (e.g., v2010.1 for the initial release in 2010) because any/all changes to McIDAS are minor in nature. This decision lessens the effort needed to support documentation since version numbers don't need to be updated, etc.
Direct, programmatic access to real-time GOES-10 data via McIDAS ADDE spurred use by over 450 users in 33 countries who downloaded an average of 615 GB of data per month. Notably, over 1 TB of data was downloaded per month during the 2008/9 South American tropical wet season by a wide variety of users including NCAR/EOL for support of the Variability of American Monsoon Systems Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study Regional Experiment. Active access to all GOES data ingested by Unidata using SSEC's McIDAS SDI continues.
Weekly I2 usage statistics can be seen at Internet NetFlow: Weekly Reports (search for 'McIDAS' usage statistics in the Advanced Applications portion of Table 7).
by Tom Yoksas.