"Meteorological intelligence is information measured, gathered, compiled, exploited, analyzed and disseminated by meteorologists, climatologists and hydrologists to characterize the current state and/or predict the future state of the atmosphere at a given location and time".
The analysis and visualisation of data in an intuitive manner are vital to understanding and communicating information in a meaningful way. It is easy to become overwhelmed with the growing volume of meteorological data available nowdays. Methods to summarise and picture data are crucial to extract important pieces of information to gain the maximum benefit from this wealth of environmental data.
IDL (Interactive Data Language)
IDL is an ideal software for data analysis, visualisation, and cross-platform application development. It has proved to be a very useful tool in the transformation, analysis and presentation of meteorological data. IDL also enables the development of GUI-based applications to deliver this functionality interactively, or to just simply run the data processing in the background.
Meteorological Visualisation Solutions
Dr Robert Dahni is a retired meteorologist who has worked in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for over 30 years. From weather forecasting, IT support in research and operations to software development for domestic and international projects, he has developed skills in the analysis and visualisation of meteorological data, the accessibility of the Bureau's data and products into clients Geographic Information System (GIS), and the mapping of weather information. METVIS, for meteorological intelligence, "transforming data into visualisations and problems into solutions".
IDL® is a registered trademark of Harris Geospatial Solutions for their Interactive Data Language software.