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Readme Notes v3.0 (pdf)
Requirements for MINX 3.0
Smoke Plume Example

Foundation :: Visualization and Virtual Reality :: MINX


MISR INteractive eXplorer V3.0

MINX logo Moderators:
David Nelson
Brian Rheingans
Total downloads from Open Channel to date: 626

Version 3.0 is now available for MAC OS X, Windows and Linux (NEW)!

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 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 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 (ENHANCED).
  • Animations of the nine MISR camera images that provide a 3D perspective of the scenes that MISR has acquired and that offer analytic capabilities including height determination (ENHANCED).
  • 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 (ENHANCED).

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

  • Interactively digitize smoke, volcanic or dust plumes and automatically retrieve heights and winds, albedos, aerosol properties and fire power and brightness temperatures associated with those plumes (ENHANCED).
  • Overlay MISR retrieved data products on the Level 1 radiance images (camera geometry, aerosol products, cloud height/wind/masks, surface parameters, DEM, etc) (ENHANCED).
  • Overlay geographic features including coastlines and rivers, country and state outlines and a geographic grid (NEW).
  • Save images and animations to disk in various formats including TIF, JPG, PNG, kml for Google Earth (NEW), GeoTiff (NEW), red/blue for 3D glasses (NEW), etc.
  • Display plots of top-of-atmosphere BRF vs. camera-angle for selected pixels.
  • Load "context-sensitive" PDF documentation at critical points at the click of a button (NEW).
  • Apply a geometric registration correction to warp camera images when the standard processing corrections are inadequate (ENHANCED).
  • 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.

Before you can run MINX, you will need to download and install the free IDL Virtual Machine (VM) code from the Exelis website (see Readme Notes).

NOTE: For more information about the MISR instrument and how to obtain data, please click here
(a new browser window will automatically open).

MINX versions are available for Macintosh computers running OS X, for PCs running Windows, and for Linux workstations.

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