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Unidata McIDAS is a suite of applications for analyzing and displaying meteorological data for research and education. The software can be used with conventional observational, satellite, and grid-point data. Unidata distributes two versions of this software: McIDAS-X for UNIX platforms and McIDAS-OS2 for computers running OS/2.

Both versions of the Unidata McIDAS software capture a data stream that is generated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and subsidized by the National Science Foundation through the Unidata Program. In addition to carrying conventional and gridded data, this data stream provides the only source of fully navigated satellite data generally accessible to the university community. The Unidata/ Wisconsin channel also includes experimental data, such as wind-profiler data.

Current Version:   7.1

License Type:   License required

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Source Code Availability: Yes

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  • Debian Package: No
  • RedHat RPM Package: No
  • Other Packages: No

Targeted Platforms:

UNIX/X (Sun, IBM RS/6000, SGI, HP, DEC, Linux RedHat 4.0), and OS2. Detail at

Software/Hardware Requirements:

X11R5 or up, ANSI C and Fortran 77 Compiler; 32MB RAM and 64MB RAM or more recommended, 1GB disk space for OS and McIDAS code only (data requires more), 8-bit color display, TCP/IP.

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