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Smoke Plume Example

Foundation :: Visualization and Virtual Reality :: MINX


MISR INteractive eXplorer V4.0

MINX logo Moderators:
Brian Rheingans
Sebastian Val
Total downloads from Open Channel to date: 693

Version 4.0 of MINX is now available for MAC OS X, Windows and Linux.
Click here for a full list of changes and new features.
Version 3.0 is still available for users with lower resolution screens or older operating systems.

MINX is an interactive application written in IDL and compiled into an IDL Virtual Machine (VM) file. It functions both as a general-purpose tool to visualize MISR data and as a specialized tool to analyze properties of smoke, volcanic and dust plumes, especially plume height and aerosol velocity. It includes high-level options to create:

MP4 animation of MISR's view of overlapping smoke plumes and towering pyro-cumulus clouds. Drag the animation handle back and forth to view the nine camera angle images. Go to Smoke Plume Example to see MINX height retrieval results.

  • Map views of MISR orbit or path locations.
  • Lists of MISR orbits that pass over user-specified locations at user-specified times together with map images.
  • Scrollable RGB images of MISR level 1B2 radiance data.
  • Side-by-side, synchronized images of various MISR data products that can be queried and rescaled.
  • Animations of the nine MISR camera images that provide a 3D-like perspective of the scenes that MISR has acquired and that offer analytic capabilities including plume or cloud height determination.
  • Processing options to use MODIS thermal anomaly data to find MISR orbits with smoke plumes and to produce fire pixel files for overlaying on MISR images in MINX.

Some of the specialized options in MINX enable the user to:

  • Interactively digitize smoke, volcanic or dust plumes and automatically retrieve heights and winds, aerosol properties and fire power associated with those plumes.
  • Select from numerous digitizing options to customize each retrieval.
  • Overlay MISR retrieved data products on the Level 1 radiance images (camera geometry, aerosol products, cloud height/wind/masks, surface parameters, terrain height, etc.)
  • Toggle the display of political and geographic features, a geographic grid, digitized data, fire pixels and special marker points and lines.
  • Change palettes and rescale colors on images.
  • Save images and animations to disk in various formats including TIF, JPG, PNG, GIF, kml for Google Earth, Geo Tiff, MP4, red/blue for use with 3D glasses, etc.
  • Display and save plots of top-of-atmosphere BRF vs. camera-angle for selected pixels.
  • Load "context-sensitive" PDF documentation at important points.
  • Apply a geometric registration correction to warp camera images when the standard processing corrections are inadequate.
  • Difference the images of two MISR orbits that share an identical ground track (path).
  • Construct pseudo-color images by assigning different combinations of MISR cameras to the RGB display channels.

You no longer need to download the IDL Virtual Machine (VM) program from the Exelis website, because it is built into MINX.

NOTE: For more information about the MISR instrument and how to obtain data, please click here.

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