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CIRA/WMO VLab McIDAS-V exercises to load GOES and JPSS imagery

The following exercises were developed for the WMO/NOAA VLab Train the Trainer workshop on “Satellite Data Usage: Access through GEONETCast Americas, Display, Interpretation, and Usage in Training” occurring on 15-16 July 2017. These exercises focus on linking information from online training modules with on hands-on data exploring activities. Before the workshop, we expect the participant to review the first six modules of the Satellite Foundation Course for GOES-R (SatFC-G) and to complete a few hands-on activities. Workshop agenda


Exercise 1 McIDAS-V Tutorial: Viewing Visible, Near Infrared, and Infrared GOES-16 Cloud Moisture Imagery (CMI)

Loading a subsection of fulldisk imagery Short Version Tutorial Instructions Long Step by Step Version

Loading the fulldisk file Short Version Tutorial Instructions Long Step by Step Version

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The Short Version of the tutorial uses a McIDAS-V bundle file to quickly display a single time of GOES-16 Cloud and Moisture Imagery (CMI). The Long Step by Step Version provides detailed instructions on how to load CMI images, apply color tables, change labels (helpful for translation ;). The objectives of this exercise are 1) to demonstrate that McIDAS-V can load a subsector of full disk images in the given netCDF file format, and 2) to be able to view, probe, and compare the Level 2 CMI data in two groups: 6 visible and near infrared (IR) channels and 10 infrared channels. This exercise potentially provides the user with many examples of environmental, meteorological, and hydrological features that are highlighted in the first six modules of SatFC-G. It’s your mission to explore the data and report back what you find. A forthcoming exercise will highlight JPSS VIIRS imagery.

The main reason this tutorial focuses on a sub-sector of the data is that it takes more time and more memory for McIDAS-V to load the full resolution, full disk imagery that will be available through the GEONETCast Americas (GNC-A) broadcast when GOES-16 becomes operational. If you do not already have McIDAS-V installed on your computer, information is included on where to obtain it. A link to the sample data and bundle files are also provided. Happy exploring!

Exercise 2 McIDAS-V Tutorial: Viewing Visible, Near Infrared, and Infrared Suomi-NPP VIIRS Imagery

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In this tutorial, McIDAS-V instruction bundle files (with the extension .mcv) are used to quickly display the Suomi-NPP VIIRS data (with the extension .h5) with predefined settings. The objectives of this exercise are to demonstrate that McIDAS-V can load a swath in the given HDF5 file format, and to be able to view, probe, and compare the 16 “Moderate” resolution (“M”, 750 m) data in three groups: 5 visible bands, 6 near infrared bands, and 5 infrared bands. If you do not already have McIDAS-V installed on your computer, information is included on where to obtain it. A link to the sample data and bundle files are also provided. Happy exploring!

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