The Mapes IDV collection
1. Download, click to install, and launch The IDV
(Integrated Data Viewer).
2. From the IDV's Tools-->Plugin manager, install the
Customized/MapesIDV collection plugin.
3. Relaunch the IDV. The Mapes IDV collection is most
obvious as a Favorites folder in your Toolbar. Other resources
will be there too.
Related seminar at NCAR: Visualizing
the weather-climate connection (powerpoint). (here is its 50
minute YouTube video).
Orientation: Consider reading my user-oriented introduction
What features will you gain from the plugin?
Whatever I have put in the plugin at any given time!
Because it is referenced as a URL, the plugin will get better as I
learn more and share more.
Most obviously, you will see Favorite Bundles.
The Mapes IDV collection folder is mine, the other ("PSD bundles")
is from Don Murray at NOAA-PSD, one of the IDV's original
The IDV bundles actually live on http://bit.ly/Mapes_IDV,
a link shortener to the Web interface of my RAMADDA "repository".
But also you will gain:
- a RSMAS/ U. of Miami Catalog appears in the IDV's Data
Chooser - Catalogs line.
- Other resources include:
- .ncml aggregation files for the 20CV2 reanalysis data
covering 1871-2012, stored year by year, but at least with
all the variables in one virtual file.
- .ncml units fixers that add units attributes to the
otherwise-wonderful MERRA reanalysis.
- datasets hosted in Miami, and automatically served out via
Catalogued, OpenDAP protocols (thanks to easily-installed
- a Mapes folder of preferred color tables
(including some custom ones)
- a tab with menus of Mapes suggested display settings
(color schemes and ranges, contour settings, etc.) in
the Field Selector area
- Formulas/ Grid/ Mapes/ ...
- Basic math operations and fluid dynamics budget terms
(advection, scalar flux divergence, ...)
- Synoptic diagnostics (Q vectors, etc.)
- Calls to Climate Data Operators (CDO) for filtering, etc.,
if you have CDO installed
- Composites and time sampling operations
- Many more dreams in the pipeline... stay tuned!
Initial: November 2013 (still at it: April 2018)
Credits and thanks:
- The talented, devoted people of Unidata for their vision and
effort and service over time.
- Unidata's IDV team of developers and trainers who taught me
the IDV, and answer my many email@example.com requests:
- Yuan Ho, Julien Chastang, Sean Arms, Tom Yoksas.
- Don Murray and Jeff McWhirter, original IDV and RAMADDA
developers and RAMADDA-IDV interaction gurus
- for their original visions of functionality and generality
that make this level of customization possible
- for invaluable help in setting up the clever
self-updating, so that I can release this before it is
"perfect and complete" (which is never).
- RSMAS/UM for supporting my efforts, and providing the
electricity and bandwidth for the mighty weather.rsmas.miami.edu/repository
- A Unidata 2013 Equipment Grant for that machine, which hosts
this Collection and many of its underlying resources.