McIDAS, ldm-mcidas, Satellite Data Ingest
Status Report: October 2011 - March 2012
Strategic Focus Areas
McIDAS activities support the following Unidata funding proposal focus areas:
- Broadening participation and expanding community
McIDAS remains the application of choice for the satellite meteorology community.
- Advancing data services
McIDAS ADDE was the first application offered by Unidata to provide remote, programmatic access to a wide variety of data that is important to the atmospheric science community.
- Developing and deploying useful tools
McIDAS ADDE continues to evolve and provide access to increasing volumes of image and non-image data.
- Providing leadership in cyberinfrastructure
Concepts articulated in ADDE inspired the development of THREDDS (to address the lack of rich metadata available in ADDE) and RAMADDA. ADDE remains one of the most used data services in the Unidata suite serving approx 3 TB per month.
- Promoting diversity by expanding
McIDAS is sought for use by those interested in satellite meteorology worldwide.
McIDAS Activities Since the Last Status Report
NEXRAD Level III Dual Polarization Products
Working with SSEC MUG team to standardize enhancements for NEXRAD Level III Dual Polarization products.
Unidata McIDAS v2009i
Additions to and bugfixes for the Unidata McIDAS distribution continue to be made through an addendum process. The current release, v2009i, reflects 10 updates since McIDAS v2009 was first made available in late July, 2009. v2009i incorportates both Unidata and SSEC bugfixes and enhancements. The 11th Addendum, v2009j, should be released by the time of the User Committee meeting.
Interest in McIDAS by Non-core Users
The UPC (Yoksas) continues participate in the McIDAS Advisory Committee (MAC). The MAC was assembled by UW/SSEC to advise SSEC on McIDAS-X users needs/concerns/desires for development in the next generation McIDAS, McIDAS-V.
Continued support of existing and new community members.
Add support for new types of data that may become available.
- Internet2 (I2) bandwidth usage by the McIDAS ADDE protocol routinely exceed 1 TB/week. This ranks second in Advanced Applications use behind the LDM.
- McIDAS Inquiry Metrics
ldm-mcidas Activities Since the Last Status Report
The ldm-mcidas package of decoders for IDD-conveyed data not supported by McIDAS-XCD remains largely unchanged since its last release in spring, 2009. A new release will be made in April to address building on newer OS versions.
Satellite Data Ingest
GOES-East, GOES-West, GOES-South
Unidata continues to ingest GOES-East, GOES-West, and GOES-South (GOES-South America) imager data at the UCAR campus in Boulder.
- Direct, programmatic access to real-time GOES-South (GOES-12) data via McIDAS ADDE has been used by over 820 users in 33 countries who downloaded approx. 520 GB of data per month over the past year.
- Direct, programmatic access to real-time GOES-East (GOES-13) data via McIDAS ADDE has been used by approx. 35 users who downloaded an average of approx. 1 TB of data per month over the past year.
- Direct, programmatic access to real-time GOES-West (GOES-11) data via McIDAS ADDE is used by approx. 25 users have downloaded an average of 800 GB of data per month for the past year.
Continued ingest and serving of GOES-East, GOES-West, and GOES-South imagery.
Repurpose former USAN dish at Mesa Lab to operation as a remotely controllable ingester for any of the GOES platforms.