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CoastWatch Utilities v3.3.0

The CoastWatch Utilities software allows users to work with Earth science data created by the NOAA/NESDIS CoastWatch program. Users can easily manipulate and visualize data in CoastWatch HDF format, NOAA 1b, and some flavors of NetCDF 4. The software has both graphical interface tools providing a point-and-click interface and command-line tools for use in batch data processing scripts. The tools can perform various types of tasks:

Information and Statistics
File contents, statistics computations on variables (for example min, max, mean, standard deviation), direct access to raw file and variable attributes.
Data Processing
Data format conversions, compositing, generic variable math, data sampling.
Graphics and Visualization
Interactive visualization/analysis, batch image rendering, ancillary graphics creation such as data coverage maps, grids, coastlines, landmasks.
Registration and Navigation
Resampling of data from one projection to another, interactive generation of region masters, manual and automatic navigational correction, computation of solar and earth location angles.
Network
Data download and server status.

The CoastWatch Utilities have both 32-bit and 64-bit versions available for Windows, Linux, and Solaris, and 64-bit only for Mac OS X.

New Features

  • New 64-bit support for all operating systems
  • Read support for NetCDF 4 data with CF-1.4 metadata (experimental)
  • Command line rendering options for adding water marks and custom color palettes

See the User's Guide Appendix G for a list of all updates and bug fixes.

Screenshots

The following are screenshots from the CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool (CDAT) version 3.3.0:


False colour AVHRR showing multiple storms hitting India, Vietnam, and Japan in Oct 2013.

False colour AVHRR of Typhoon Wipha heading towards Japan on Oct 13, 2013.

Thermal AVHRR data of Tropical Storm Raymond heading towards Cabo San Lucas in Oct 2013. (fullscreen mode)

Computed sea-surface-temperature data off Vancouver Island, Canada.

False colour AVHRR showing Canada and the Pacific Northwest US.

Global surface windspeed data from the Metop-2 ASCAT sensor.

Nighttime thermal AVHRR showing the Mount Carmel forest fire south of Haifa, Israel on Dec 2, 2010.

Computed sea-surface chlorophyll-a data from the NPP VIIRS sensor in the Southern Gulf of Mexico.

True colour data from China's FY-1D satellite MVISR sensor showing forest fire smoke over Northern Ontario and Hudson Bay, Canada, Sep 2006.

+Presentations

2003

  • The CoastWatch Utilities Version 3, presented at the CoastWatch Node Managers Meeting, October 2003, Glen Arbor, Michigan. Topics covered: Software requirements (website, research, product development), implementation details (survey of all utilities), future work to be done.
  • The CoastWatch Data Analyis Tool, presented at the CoastWatch Node Managers Meeting, October 2003, Glen Arbor, Michigan. Topics covered: Target user groups, functionality (data import/export, display, annotation, statistics, preferences), demonstration (not included), future work to be done.

2005

  • The CoastWatch Utilities Version 3.2: CoastWatch Data Made Easy, presented at the CoastWatch Node Managers Meeting, October 2005, Pacific Grove, California. Topics covered: Common tasks performed by the utilities, types of documentation available, details on software development (requirements and users), demonstration (not included).

2007

  • The CoastWatch Utilities: Ten Years in the Making, presented at the CoastWatch Operations Managers Meeting, June 2007, Annapolis, Maryland. Topics covered: General information about the utilities, features and statistics for the current release (3.2.1), ideas for future releases.
  • Ad-hoc Processing with the CoastWatch Utilities, presented at the CoastWatch Operations Managers Meeting, June 2007, Annapolis, Maryland. Topics covered: Extracting information from data files (metadata, statistics, sampling), data processing (reprojection, math), custom code (data interfaces, file interfaces).
  • CoastWatch Data in Google Earth: A How-to Guide, presented at the CoastWatch Operations Managers Meeting, June 2007, Annapolis, Maryland. Topics covered: Google Earth features in comparison to CDAT, preparing data images and markup code, demonstration with AVHRR swath and GOES SST data.

2008

  • The CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool: Status and Future, presented at the CoastWatch Node Managers Meeting, August 2008, Victoria, BC. Topics covered: history of CDAT and its ongoing development, new features in release 3.2.2, current user stats, future release ideas.

2009

  • CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool: Software Design Review, presented to the CoastWatch Program Manager, central operations team, and node operations managers, January 2008. Topics covered: proposed software design including simplified user interface, data aggregation, 4D-aware interface, tile mode and animation support, and geographic feature support.

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