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20011128: McIDAS AREA files



>From: Scott Gennari <address@hidden>
>Organization: University of Hawaii
>Keywords: 200111282303.fASN3qN04455 realtime McIDAS satellite imagery AREA ADDE

Scott,

>We are looking for an alternative source of
>McIDAS area files for GOES data. We generate the
>source HDF data that NASA/MSFC then coverts to
>McIDAS area files and makes available on their ftp
>site.  This has been our source for McIDAS GOES (8 and 10)
>area files for some time.

Right, we have talked about this from time-to-time.

>Unfortunately, it is possible that we may terminate our GOES-10
>reception here in Hawaii and thus terminate the source
>of our GOES-10 McIDAS data.

Too bad, there is nothing like having your own ground station!

>It is my understanding that GOES AREA files are also made
>available via UNIDATA servers and possiblly other universities
>(ADDE remote server). Is this correct?

Yes, this is correct.  I am identifying new sites that are willing
to share their data holdings with others in the community all the
time.

>If so;
>
>Are the 1km (full resolution) visible data available for GOES GVAR in
>McIDAS area format from these servers?

Not yet, but they will be in a reasonably short period of time.

>What is the time delay between reception and when the AREA files are
>available.

This has not yet been determined.  Our hope is that it will be short.

>Is there any paperwork/permission issues we would need in order to
>access these remote servers.

No, not from the ones that we (Unidata) operate/will be operating.

You may also want to pursue getting permission to access the data
holdings of NOAA/SATEPS (Satellite Environmental Processing System).
This group grants access privilege on a case-by-case basis to sites
that have affiliations with NOAA.  They have quite a bit of realtime
data for GOES (East/West), METEOSAT (7/5), GMS, and a variety of polar
orbiters.

In order to get permission to access the SATEPS ADDE servers, we
had to fill out the following request form and email it to
address@hidden:

Request for Satellite Environmental Processing System (SATEPS) Data

Request Date: __________  Requested Access Date:  ____________
I.  Requestor Information
  A.  Name:  ___________________________Telephone No.:___________
  B.  Agency/Firm: ______________________________________________
  C.  Address:  _________________________________________________
      ___________________________________________________________
  D.  Routing Code:_____  E-Mail Address:________________________
II.  Workstation Identification
  A.  Your workstation vendor and IP address (server preferred):
      vendor=________________      IP=_________________________
  B.  Is your IP address a server for other workstations /
      users?  Choose one:   Yes     No     I don't know
  C.  Is your need for the data indefinite?   YES
                      or  temporary until   (date)______________
III. Systems administrator (for II. A)
   A.  Name:  ___________________________Tel. No.: ______________
   B.  Agency/Firm:______________________________________________
   C.  Address:__________________________________________________
      ___________________________________________________________
   D.  Routing Code:_____  E-Mail Address:_______________________
IV.  Data Requirements
  A.  Satellite Source:
      GOES-8(east) ___   GOES-10(west) ___   TOMS-EP ___
      METEOSAT-7___  GMS-5___(MET and GMS access limited by MOU)
  B.  Area of Coverage:   North Hemi   CONUS   Pacific   Atlantic
  C.  Data Type?:                  | Products?:
      Raw____  Remapped____        | ASOS___  DPI___
      At what resolution?____      | IFFA___  Soundings ____
                              | Ozone___ Snow___
                              | Winds___ Other___
      McIDAS ADDE protocol only    | McIDAS ADDE  and/or   FTP
  D.  Transfer Frequency:
      Half-Hourly ____  Hourly ___   Daily  ____  Weekly ____
      As needed (please specify):  __________________________
V.  General Information
  A.  NOAA program(s) or contracts supported with requested
      data: _________________________________________________
      _______________________________________________________
  B.  Organization Mission (forecasting, aviation, hazard
      response, severe weather warning, research, etc.):
      ________________________________________________________
 RETURN THIS FORM TO THE FOLLOWING FOCAL POINT.  DIRECT QUESTIONS TO:
 Susan Ladenheim (voice: 301-763-8142, x103) (FAX: 301-899-9196)
 E/SP22, Room 510, WWBG, 5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746-4304
 EMAIL: address@hidden                              September 2, 1999

I would CC the email to Brial Callicott:

"Brian Callicott" <address@hidden>

and include a description of who you are, what your objectives are,
and how you came teo be sending the request.  I cannot guarantee that
your request will be approved, but it seems likely that your work
meets the criteria nexessary to get access to the data.

I hope that this helped!

>Thanks for your time.

No worries.

>Scott Gennari
>University of Hawaii

Tom Yoksas


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