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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 (source). GOES-S was launched 01 March 2018; it will be renamed GOES-17 once it is positioned in geostationary orbit (source).

Here is the current McIDAS status and timeline, as of January 2018.

  • McIDAS-X
    With funding from NOAA, SSEC released preliminary versions of the GOES-R Series ABI image servers in McIDAS-X 2016.1, 2016.2, 2017.1 and 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.
  • McIDAS-V
    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 SDI GRB Appliance fact sheet for more information.

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