SeaDAS 7.0-beta - Release Notes (6/29/2012)
========================================================================== SeaDAS 7.0-beta
is our first release of the new interface for SeaDAS. This is a major transition from an
IDL-based interface to a JAVA interface that was developed in collaboration with Brockmann Consult,
the German company that develops the BEAM image display and processing tool for many of ESA's
The melding of SeaDAS and BEAM will provide the ocean color community with a common interface,
vastly simplify SeaDAS software maintenance and new-instrument integration, and significantly expand
the capabilities of both BEAM and SeaDAS.
This release of SeaDAS is built atop the 4.10.3 version of BEAM. In addition to the features included in
BEAM 4.10.3, we have enhanced the color manipulation tool and added a number of GUIs for the various
processing programs provided by SeaDAS. We have also implemented a number of product readers to
allow the visualization of the data products produced by the Ocean Biology Processing Group.
This release of SeaDAS includes support for processing and display of VIIRS on the NPP-Suomi platform,
thus marking the first time that the research community will have access to the full set of NASA standard
and experimental processing algorithms for application to VIIRS. Processing for VIIRS data is currently
supported beginning with L1B (SDR). We do not currently support the ability to process VIIRS L0 (RDR) data.
A more detailed message regarding VIIRS support within the OBPG will be coming out next week. Stay tuned!
SeaDAS 7 provides visualization support for the Aquarius mission for Level 2 data products and above.
As this is a beta release, there are a few known (and likely a few unknown) issues. We are actively working on
the issues listed below. Please give the program a test drive and do not hesitate to report any issues to use via
the OceanColor Forum.
- Windows versions do not include support for data processing
- Processing GUIs:
- the l2gen GUI component requires that the SeaWiFS data component be installed
- 'squished' text associated with some checkboxes
- progress monitor dialog box does not function properly for several GUIs
- processing GUI help pages are incomplete
- Currently, the software update check points to the wrong URL. This can be fixed by modifying
the seadas.config file (located in the installation directory under config/), setting:
seadas.remoteVersion.url = http://seadas.gsfc.nasa.gov/software/version.txt
(the distributed version lacks the 'software' subdirectory in the URL)
- Level 3 bin products produced from l3bin fail to load, however, those produced from l2bin are OK
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