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L3 Browse Image Creator

Program Name: Make_PNG

Program Description: This IDL tool creates a set of browse images from a level-3 HDF file. This script is tuned to run on MODIS-Atmosphere Level-3 HDF files where the output maps are stored on a 1x1 degree global lat-lon grid (360x180 pixels). In addition, the set of Scientific Data Sets to be visualized must be explicitly listed in the script. The script will use the min and max of the data specified after each SDS listed, and create a color scale and color bar that spans these values. In addition the Fill Value is read from the local attributes and all fill data is colored black. Continental Boundaries (colored white) are overlaid on all images. Output images are written in PNG format (modified from GIF format, which is no longer supported by IDL) and the file names match that of the Scientific Data Set (SDS) from which it was derived.

Language and Environment Requirements: IDL

Limitations: The Level-3 HDF file to be visualized must be visible to the program. That is, the HDF file must be accessible from the platform where the program is running.

Installation Tips: Simply run the script make_gif from a command line prompt. You must have your display environment variable set to a valid graphics device.

Developer: Paul Hubanks, Bill Ridgway, Jason Li (NASA GSFC)

Current Version: Version 2.0 (2002)