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McIDAS-X Capabilities

McIDAS-X provides a robust suite of application tools for managing, processing, comparing and fusing data. Users access and integrate various data types by displaying images and graphics separately or simultaneously. Current, past and forecast data displays can be animated to monitor changes.

The sections below list capabilities of some of these tools:

[All examples on this page were created using McIDAS-X software. Some were created by members of McIDAS User Services and some were downloaded from sites listed on the SSEC Web page under "Research" or "Images and Data"]


Digital Image Processing

Weather and Climate Analysis

Gridded Data Processing

Geographical Information System Applications

User Interfaces

  • interactive command entry [McIDAS text and command window]
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) [McIDAS GUI]
  • F Key menu system
  • time and date scheduled command entry (cron or McIDAS scheduler)
  • batch processing and background processing with Unix scripts
  • McBASI language support

Display Control Utilities

  • automated image and graphic updates in real time
  • map extents and projections
  • levels and surfaces: constant pressure, constant height, isentropic
  • grid spacing and smoothing factors
  • physical units in Metric and American:
    • temperature in degrees Celsius, Fahrenheit or Kelvin
    • linear measurements in degrees latitude, kilometers, meters, centimeters, millimeters, miles, nautical miles, yards, feet or inches
    • pressure in millibars/hectopascals or inches of mercury
    • wind speed in knots, meters per second, kilometers per hour, feet per second or miles per hour
  • graphics color, line width and dashing
  • interactive grayscale image enhancements
  • weather symbols and character fonts
  • interactive zooming of displayed images and graphics
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