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20010921: McIDAS AXFORM units question (cont.)

>From: Scott Gennari <address@hidden>
>Organization: University of Hawaii
>Keywords: 200109070136.f871aZ103355 McIDAS-X AXFORM


In your last email (attached below) you noted:

>I'll put together a tarball of our GVAR processing this weekend and make
>it available to you.

Thank you for helping out!

>Do you prefer email or ftp?

I much prefer FTP.  I can either FTP it from you, or you can upload it
to our passworded McIDAS FTP account as follows:

machine: ftp.unidata.ucar.edu
user: umcidas
pass: XXXXXX
directory: incoming/source

Thanks again for the help!


>> You should be able to get this _if_ the raw values are getting put into
>> the AREA you are creating from your HDF files.
>Ah, I think our code that generate the HDF data pads the
>counts by 6 bits (for each 2 byte integer) as we are
>seeing values between 2000 and 18000 for a typical scene around hawaii.
>McIDAS appears to be able to properly calibrate the HDF data as the
>radiance/temp/albedo values all appear reasonable.
>> On another topic, you may have gotten some email from Darren Gallant of
>> UCAR/JOSS regarding conversion of TeraScan-produced HDF imagery to
>> McIDAS AREA format.  We (JOSS and Unidata) are very interested in being
>> Are you or have you been involved in the development of the software
>> that converts the HDF images into AREAs?  
>Sort of, I maintain processing systems but did not write any of the
>code that generates the HDF data. The programmer who did is long gone.
>We do have the source code and I have received permission to release
>the code.
>If so, would it be possible
>> to get the code from you so I can take a look?  If yes, is there any
>> documentation on what the TeraScan "navigation" parameters mean?
>We have no ties or experience with anything to do with SeaSpace and
>what they produce (TDF?). Our data is simply ripped from the raw GVAR
>files we receive in Hawaii (GOES-10) and GSFC (GOES-8) using standard
>HDF libraries. The ancilliary ascii files we produce are ripped from
>the DOC sector of a said GVAR file. It is the combination our or
>HDF and ancialliary DOC files (ascii) that Anthony Gillory's group
>at NASA/MSFC use to generate the McIDAS area file from our data.
>At one point, we allowed the group at MSFC to modify our DOC code
>to generate more information from the DOC sectors (Block 0)in order to
>make their HDF->Mcidas converter to work.
>> If you were not involved in the development of the software, can you
>> point me to the appropriate person to talk to?  I know that the JOSS
>> folks have already been in touch with Anthony Guillory (I know Anthony)
>> and have gotten some code from him, but do not have any documentation
>> on what the TeraScan HDF and ancillary ASCII file values mean.
>Most of the data in our DOC ascii file are taken from the Block 0 section
>of each GVAR transmission. We received doumentation from the makers of the
>GVAR instrument;Space Systems/Loral.
>DRL 504-02-1 PART I 
>I'll put together a tarball of our GVAR processing this weekend and make
>it available to you. Do you prefer email or ftp?

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