New release of software to process atmospheric satellite data
Using IMAPP visualization software, researchers can create MODIS True Color images. The IMAPP products and images are useful in a variety of applications from forecasting weather to monitoring lakes.
Processing atmospheric observations from satellites is, as SSEC co-founder Verner Suomi explained, “like drinking from a fire hydrant.” On the ground, researchers develop software and visualization tools to use the data -- tools that have grown steadily more complex with each new generation of satellite instruments. SSEC/CIMSS recently released an updated version of a software package that makes it possible for scientists around the world to drink from the fire hydrant without drowning.
CIMSS researchers have collaborated with NASA to release the latest version of a software package that facilitates the creation of science products using data from the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), an instrument aboard the polar-orbiting satellites Terra and Aqua. Available as a free download via the CIMSS website, version 2.0 of International MODIS/AIRS Processing Package (IMAPP) Level 2 includes the latest versions of programs to create popular science products: cloud mask (detection), sea surface temperature, atmospheric profiles, cloud top properties, cloud phase, aerosol thickness and visible water vapor.
For this release, CIMSS researchers repackaged the software to make it easier to install and execute. They also updated the package to automatically identify and download any exterior dynamic data sets that are required to create each individual product. Also new to this release is a feature that allows users to automatically generate images in GIF and JPG formats of key output products including sea surface temperatures and atmospheric water vapor. Finally, a brand new IMAPP web page has been launched in support of the new MODIS Level 2 release.