McIDAS Plans for GOES-16 and -17 Data
This page contains SSEC's current plans for McIDAS support of data from the
GOES-R satellite series.
The first satellite, GOES-16, was launched 19 November 2016 and became the
operational GOES-East satellite at 75.2° West on 18 December 2017
GOES-S was launched 01 March 2018; it will be renamed GOES-17 once it is positioned in geostationary orbit
Here is the current McIDAS status and timeline, as of January 2018.
With funding from NOAA, SSEC released preliminary versions of the GOES-R Series
ABI image servers in McIDAS-X 2016.1,
2017.2. The servers read both local
and remote mission-standard GOES-R Series Level 1b and Level 2 netCDF
files via ADDE. The McIDAS commands display, manipulate, or save the data in any of the
standard McIDAS image output formats (Area, GeoTIFF, generic netCDF, etc.). The 2017.1
release includes updates to improve performance of the ABI servers, allow multiband
IMGCOPYs of ABI Level 1b imagery, and improve remaps of regions that include the earth limb.
The 2017.2 release includes additional ABI server enhancements, a preliminary GLM point
server with accompanying display and list commands, and system changes to increase the
detail shown in GOES-16 (and other) visible, water vapor and short-wave infrared imagery.
All recent McIDAS-V versions can read mission-standard GOES-R Series
Level 1b and Level 2 netCDF files using the General Files chooser. The Linux and OS X
versions of McIDAS-V 1.7 include the preliminary
GOES-R Series ABI netCDF image servers that were released in McIDAS-X 2017.2.
Therefore, local ADDE datasets of mission-standard Level 1b and Level 2 netCDF files can be
created with the ADDE Data Manager and the data accessed through the Satellite Imagery chooser.
McIDAS-V 1.7 also includes a GLM plugin that allows local mission-standard GLM netCDF point
files to be loaded using the General Files chooser.
- SDI GRB Appliance
An SDI is available to ingest the GOES-R Series GRB data stream, write out the
netCDF files, and serve the Level 1b ABI and Level 2 GLM data via ADDE. See the
SDI Information Page and the
Appliance fact sheet for more information.
If you have any questions or concerns, please
send email to the Help Desk.