WINDCO: Precursor to McIDAS (WINDCO)
Dr. Suomi obtained funding from NASA and NOAA to implement a proof-of concept system dedicated to measuring and visualizing cloud drift winds. The new computer system had to allow the user to specify the image coordinates of a cloud in at least three successive images. Since the digital images were stored on computer tape, some method was required to map and display coordinates to and from tape. The proof-of-concept system used to demonstrate winds processing was called WINDCO (Lazzara, 1999). WINDCO was a precursor to the Man computer Interactive Data Access System (McIDAS).
- Dr. Verner E. Suomi Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC)
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