Indeed it is a big job
I think the best way for interested users to contribute would be to offer suggestions for features
they would like to see in the new version. As we are starting from an existing software package,
I would suggest users get familiar with BEAM. We have a list of features that we are working
adding to ensure that the next SeaDAS is not missing any core features included in the current version.
I've put together a list which is available at:http://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/WIKI/SeaDAS(2f)SeaDAS7Features.html
Unless users desire to contribute to the code development, I don't see there a need to build from scratch.
Simply download the latest compiled version of BEAM and start getting a feel for it. However, should
someone wish to, the software is out there for anyone to build (a task not for the faint of heart, though)
Yes, there are often more ways to accomplish a task in SeaDAS. Some paths may not be possible with
the new version, but we hope to keep those to a minimum. High on our list of priorities is to ensure that
SeaDAS 7 can read any format that the current SeaDAS can - including the 'SeaDAS mapped' HDF files.
Color mapping is also high on the priority.