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McIDAS Information

McIDAS (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 e-mail Hank.

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