McIDAS prototype (Mc 1972)

The Man-computer Interactive Data Access System (McIDAS) was developed to measure cloud motion vectors from Applications Technology Satellite spin-scan camera images and resulted from a number of parallel efforts undertaken at the Space Science and Engineering Center in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was the culmination of over four years of intensive effort to achieve easy access to satellite data in the time domain, the dimension which opens up the earth's atmosphere to observation as a dynamic system. In 1972, the McIDAS prototype was functioning daily, providing University of Wisconsin meteorologists with quick and easy access to Applications Technology Satellite (ATS) data. Plans for expansion would enable the system to efficiently access and process multispectral image data in many different formats from other spacecraft such as SMS, Mariner, EERTS, ITOS, and ESSA.

From: McIDAS: An interim report on the development of the Man-Computer Interactive Data Access System.

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Publications

  • Gehrels, T.; Suomi, V. E. and Krauss, R. J.. The capabilities of the spin-scan imaging technique. Space Research XII. Berlin, Akademie-Verlag, 1972, pp.1765-1769. Call Number: Reprint #452.

  • Lazzara, M, et al. The Man computer Interactive Data Access System: 25 years of interactive processing. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society v.80, no.2, 1999, pp 271-284. Reprint #2548.

  • McIDAS: An interim report on the development of the Man-Computer Interactive Data Access System. Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), 1972, 39p. SSEC Publication No.72.11.M3.

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