The weather and climate toolkit
Steve Ansari, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC, Asheville, NC; and C. Hutchins, S. A. Del Greco, N. S. Stroumentova, and M. Phillips
The Weather and Climate Toolkit (WCT) is free, platform independent software distributed from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The WCT allows the visualization and data export of weather and climate data, including NEXRAD Radar, GOES Satellite, NOMADS Model and surface in-situ data. By leveraging the NetCDF for Java library and Common Data Model, the WCT is extremely scalable and capable of supporting many new datasets in the future. In addition, the WCT provides access to remote web services for instant access to products such as the Drought Monitor, NEXRAD reflectivity mosaics, multi-sensor precipitation totals and the Severe Weather Data Inventory.
The WCT Viewer provides tools for custom data overlays, Web Map Service (WMS) background maps, animations and basic filtering. The export of images and movies is provided in multiple formats. The WCT Data Exporter allows for data export in both vector polygon (Shapefile, Well-Known Text) and raster (GeoTIFF, ESRI Grid, VTK, Gridded NetCDF) formats. These data export features promote the interoperability of weather and climate information with various scientific communities and common software packages such as ArcGIS, Google Earth, MatLAB, etc.
Extended Abstract (2.5M)
Session 6A, GIS Applications
Tuesday, 13 January 2009, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM, Room 121BC
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