(Man computer Interactive Data Access System)
is a sophisticated, videointeractive set of
tools for acquiring, managing, analyzing, displaying, and integrating environmental data.
McIDAS generates multicolor composites of conventional and satellite weather data in a variety of displays
in two and three dimensions as well as time-lapse sequences of these analysis. Designed to handle
large amounts of meteorological imagery and other atmospheric data in a convienent manner, the system
provides a vast resource of image-processing and applications programs and subroutines. McIDAS hardware
and software are used throughout the world.
The McIDAS design focuses on four attributes :
scientific use of time sequential satellite data
fusion of diverse databases
access to real-time databases
support for operational and research user communities
The Space Science and Engineering Center of the University of Wisconsin - Madison has actively
developed the McIDAS since the early 1970's. McIDAS consists of over one and one-half million lines
of code contained in nearly four thousand modules.
For more information about connecting to the SSEC McIDAS system, contact
McIDAS User Services.
For more information about the Space Science and Engineering Center and
its services, contact Hank Revercomb at (608) 263-6758, or