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The Airborne Data Processing and Analysis (ADPAA) package is an open-source software package containing a collection of programs and scripts to process and analyze data from in-situ instruments deployed on airborne platforms. The ADPAA package was started to process data on the North Dakota Citation Research Aircraft but has been used to process data on many airborne platforms. The core processing routines are written in Interactive Data Language (IDL). New software development is currently being conducted using python exclusively. ADPAA constitutes a complete processing package, starting with probe data recorded a Science Engineering Associates (SEA) aircraft data acquisition system and processed by data levels to produce high-level data in UND/NASA ASCII, ICARTT and NetCDF formatted files. ADPAA currently only supports the SEA data acquisition system; however, support for other aircraft data systems could easily be added. Support is provided for processing of data recorded directly by some instruments (CCNC, AIMMS, etc). ADPAA routines process a range of data, including cloud scattering probes (FSSP, CDP), cloud imaging probes (1-DC, 2-DC HVSP, CIP, PIP), cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) counters, condensation particle counters (CPC), icing probes, aircraft winds, humidity probes, temperature probes, GPS systems, and water content probes. The ADPAA processing software routines are based on the instrumentation manuals and references contained within the instrument manuals. The IDL visualization modules (Cplot/Cplot2) allows visualization of data quickly. Cplot/Cplot2 supports both flight and field project level analysis of airborne data. The Cplot/Cplot2 modules supports quality control of instruments by providing processing routines to conduct performance checks on data. Additionally, support is provided for conducting quality assurance by the integration of data visualization and the creation of "edit" files. More infomation is available at and The methodology used by ADPAA is described in the peer-reviewed paper: Delene, D. J., Airborne Data Processing and Analysis Software Package, Earth Science Informatics, 4(1), 29-44, 2011, URL:, DOI: 10.1007/s12145-010-0061-4. All program that are part of the ADPAA package are Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 David Delene, expect where otherwise noted. This program is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License See the COPYING file for full terms of the GNU General Public License.
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