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Some organizations who use HDF

Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE)
The ACE spacecraft was launched on August 25, 1997, with a primary mission of observing energetic particles within the solar system. The data from the ACE spacecraft is available to the scientific community and is stored in HDF format.
In addition, the ACE Science Center (ASC) has written a perl program (hdfgen.pl) which takes a data structure definition (an include file) as input and generates all the HDF calls needed to read and write the data record.

Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometers (AVHRR) Land Pathfinder

Aerodyne Research, Inc.
Aerodyne's Center for Optical Signature Recognition is primarily using HDF as a means to pass information from one application to another. HDF provides a simple way to interface Aerodyne's software with external packages such as GTV (Georgia Tech Vision Model), GTSIMS and SPIRITS (Spectral and Inband Radiometric Imaging of Targets and Scenes).

Aeronautic Technological Center, Brazil
Using HDF in Meteorological research. (7/06)

AIP (Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam)
Using HDF4 in field of Astrophysics Jet Formation. (3/02)

American Museum of Natural History, New York
Using HDF4 in gas dynamical and MHD simulations of star formation and the str ISM; also teaching a class on this at Columbia U. using HDF files. (Alliance/NPACI User, 1/03)

Allegheny County Health Department, Pennsylvania
Using HDF4 in field of health care. (12/03)

ANL-Advanced Photon Source (ASC User, 5/02)

Atlantis Scientific Inc., Canada
Using HDF4 in Hyperspectral processing. (EOS User, 6/03)

ARM - Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Group
The Atmospheric and Oceanic Group at NCSA is involved in a variety of projects that tie the latest in technological advances to research and educational endeavors. The PATHFINDER Project's primary goal is to provide powerful, yet easy to use visualization tools for atmospheric and oceanic data by augmenting existing commercial and public domain software packages.

Belgium Institute for Space Aeronomy
Uses HDF4 in assimilation of atmospheric chemistry (EOS User). (2/02)

Ben Gurion University, Israel
Using HDF to manipulate data and images obtained from an Scanning Tunneling Microscope. (6/05)

Breecon Projects, South Africa
Field: Diamond mining. They are looking for ancient river flows which could bear minerals around southern Africa. (2/04)

Using HDF and HDF5 in field of desertification. (2/05)

CD Adapco Group
Using HDF for data exchange between CFD and aero acoustic codes. (10/03)

Center for Astrophysics and Space Science
Using HDF and HDF5 in field of astronomy. (9/16/02)

Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM)
Using HDF4 in space weather prediction based upon massively parallel computations using physics-based models. (7/03)

Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets (CSAR)
CSAR is one of five university-based research centers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI). The main goal of CSAR is detailed, integrated, whole-system simulation of solid propellant rockets under both normal and abnormal operating conditions. (ASC User)

Center for Space Science and Applied Research, China (6/02)

Centro de Investigaciones Oceanograficas, DIMAR
The "Centro de Investigaciones Oceanograficas" in Cartagena, Colombia, uses HDF4 in numerical modeling in oceanography. (1/02)

China Academy of Science, Beijing (ASC User, 3/02)

China Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China
Using HDF to study Climate Change. (11/04)

Cloud Absorption Radiometer (CAR) Data

Clouds from AVHRR (CLAVR) (1/04)

Cluster of Applied Remote Sensing, Germany (7/05)

C-MMACS, Karnatak, India
Ocean Analysis. (3/02)

CNRS Ecole Polytechnique, France
Using HDF4 in field of Astrophysical Magnetohydrodynamics. (4/05)

CNRS and Aria Technologies SA, France
Uses HDF4 for atmospheric chemistry transport modeling. (EOS User) (12/01)

Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) Data

CRS4 is an interdisciplinary research centre developing advanced simulation techniques and applying them, by means of high performance computers, to the solution of large scale computational problems in various fields.

Delaware State University
Project/Field:   Data Mining in Geoscience. (4/03)

Design and Survey institute, Turkmenistan
Project/Field:   Environmental projects (6/03)

Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Using HDF 4 in field of chemistry. (10/02)

Divestco Inc.
Using HDF4 in field of geomatics. (Alliance/NPACI User, 1/2/07)

The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Berkeley Lab is a multiprogram lab where research in advanced materials, biosciences, energy efficiency, detectors and accelerators focuses on national needs in technology and the environment.

ESSC - Environmental Systems Science Centre, University of Reading, UK (7/03)

Facultad Ciencias Marinas - UABC
The "Facultad Ciencias Marinas" in Baja California, Mexico, is using HDF4 in the field of fisheries oceanography. (1/02)

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Calabar Airport, Nigeria
Uses HDF4 in GeoTechnical/GeoEnvironmental Engineering. (1/02)

Federal Institute of Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

Free Field Technologies
Free Field Technologies develops and supports ACTRAN, an acoustic code based on the use of Finite and Infinite Element Methods. For aeroacoustic applications, the sources are predicted separately, e.g. by CFD software. The use of HDF files allows for a much more efficient exchange of this huge amount of data across different platforms. (3/04)

GE Aircraft Engines and Corporate Research & Development Center
GE CR&D is codeveloping code with NASA Lewis Research Center for the analysis of multistage compressors and turbines. This is a highly parallel application of CFD. Using HDF has allowed them to be more efficient in terms of IO for their parallel application. Its portability is also a plus.

General Atomics Fusion Group
HDF will be installed for use with the TRANSP plasma transport code from Princeton's Plasma Physics Laboratory. HDF is not currently installed. (2/02)

Global Aerospace Corporation
Global Aerospace Corporation is developing a Trajectory Simulation and Prediction System (TSPS) for NASA's Ultra Long Duration Balloon (ULDB) project. The ULDB project conducts scientific experiments above 99% of the Earth's atmosphere at 130,000 foot altitudes. Use of NCSA HDF products allows Global Aerospace Corporation to forecast balloon trajectories from stratospheric weather forecasts.

Global Change Research Program
A primary goal of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is to provide reliable predictions of future climate changes and their effects.

Greenergy, C.A.
Greenergy, C.A., in Venezuela, uses HDF4 with regards to Renewable Energy - Coastal Wind Potential. (1/02)

Grupo de Investigaciones Ambientales, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia
Using HDF in field of atmospheric studies. (3/06)

HDF-EOS is the data format standard currently being used for EOSDIS science and science-related data (for Earth Science data from the Earth Science Enterprise).
  • Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Prototype
  • Multi-Angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) Prototype

HDF UCD - Finite Element Data

Howard University, Washington D.C.
Using HDF in field of atmospheric science. (2/04)

IIT, Bombay
Project: SSM/I Data Processing. (EOS User, 6/02)

Imagery Analysis Support Site   (EOS User, 12/02)

IMM, Technical University of Denmark
Using HDF4 in Numerical Analysis on two separate projects: 1) Teaching of Numerical Analysis at the Technical University of Denmark, and 2) A joint RD project with mixed academic and non-academic partners. (2/02)

Imperial College
Using HDF4 in particle in cell (parallel) simulation output and storage (plasma physics). (4/04)

Indian Institute of Science, Karnataka, India
Field: Oceanography (5/03)

Indian Institute of Technology and Management (Gwalior MP)
Using HDF4 in field of weather. (9/04)

Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC)
The Information Technology and Systems Center at UAH provides information technology services and support to NASA's Global Hydrology and Climate Center located at Huntsville, AL. They additionally have ongoing research efforts into data mining and aspects of spatial data integration. All of these efforts contain aspects that hinge around utilizing data, mostly NASA satellite imagery, stored in either HDF or HDF-EOS formats. Center staff members have also been routinely involved with the evolution of the HDF-EOS extensions. Software using HDF that is provided by the ITSC includes SPOT and HEW.

The InfraRed & Aeronomy Group
Uses HDF for OSIRIS , an optical spectrograph that will fly on the Swedish Satellite ODIN, collecting height profiles of Ozone.

Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia offers an image-annotation program called Inote.

Institute of Applied Physics, Russia
Field: Remote Sensing. (EOS User, 6/02)

Institute of Hydromechanics and Water Resources Management, Switzerland
Using HDF4 in Experimental fluid mechanics. (12/03)

Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Spain
Using HDF in field of Astrophysics. (4/05)

Instituto Geofisico del Peru, Estacion de Huayao
Using HDF in study of climate change. (7/04)

Institute of Geography, Vietnam
Field: Remote Sensing. (5/03)

Institute of Marine Research, Norway (EOS User, 5/02)

Institute for Plasma Research, India

Instituto de Ecologia, A. C.
Using HDF for environmental modelling. (12/03)

International Research Institute (IRI) LDEO Climate Data Library

INVAP SE, Argentina
Development of image processing software for the SAC-C (Satelite Aplicaciones Cientificas de Argentina).   (1/03)

IPS Meteostar, Inc.
Working on an import utility for HDF. (9/02)

IREAP, Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, University of Maryland, College Park
Using HDF4 in field of Laser-plasma interactions. (3/04)

JHS, Singapore (1/03)

Japan's NASDA Earth Observation Center

Using HDF on TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) project. (EOS user, 7/05)

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission in Laurel, Maryland is the first launch in the Discovery Program, a NASA initiative for small planetary missions with a maximum 3-year development cycle and a cost capped at $150 million for construction, launch, and 30 days of operation.

KISTI Supercomputing Center, Korea
Using HDF4 in field of astrophysics. (10/03)

Kongsberg Spacetec AS
Using HDF4 and HDF5 in remote sensing applications. (2/03)

Korea Institute of Energy Reserch
Using HDF in field of Wind Energy. (EOS User, 12/02)

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
The LDEO Climate Data Library contains a wide variety of earth science data, primarily oceanographic and atmospheric datasets. Here are some of their library files. They also offer a utility called Ingrid which is a data processing program designed to manipulate datasets.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Manchester Visualization Centre
The Manchester Visualization Centre (formerly the Computer Graphics Unit (CGU)) is a group within Manchester Computing, one of the national supercomputing centers which provide facilities and services to the University of Manchester, UMIST and to the UK academic community. It provides high-performance interactive computer graphics, multimedia, image processing and visualization facilities and services, and it undertakes R&D.

Marta Systems, Inc.
Provides the Yosemite meteorological software suite to Navy SPAWAR for their work supporting the NSF Antarctic Program. (EOS User, 8/05)

The MathWorks
The MathWorks is a developer and supplier of software for technical computing and Model-Based Design. MATLAB, one of the core products from The Mathworks, includes support for HDF5.

Matrix Metals Limited
Matrix Metals Limited is an Australian copper producer that uses both HDF4 and HDF5 in earth science applications.

Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
Using HDF on the ARCtic Model Intercomparison Project.

MDA Federal
Using HDF4 in Environment/GIS applications.

Microwave Surface and Precipitation Products System MSPPS project
The Microwave Surface and Precipitation Products System MSPPS project is dedicated to the retrieval of near-real-time operational surface and precipitation products using antenna temperatures from the AMSU-A and AMSU-B instruments on board of NOAA's KLM series polar orbiting satellites. (See NOAA/NESDIS below). (EOS User)

Mitsubishi Space Software, Kanagawa, Japan (EOS User)

MODIS Airbourne Simulator (MAS)

Montclair State University, NJ (EOS User)

The Meteorological and Oceanographic Satellite Data Archival Centre (MOSDAC) in India stores data in HDF.

NASA Explores
K-12 Education.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
The Goddard Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) provides data and related services for global change research and education.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory DAAC

NASA Langley Distributed Active Archive Center
The Langley Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) is responsible for archiving and distributing NASA science data in the areas of radiation budget, clouds, aerosols, and tropospheric chemistry: Langley DAAC User's Handbook - HDF

NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT)

National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India
Using HDF for sea ice studies (polar remote sensing). 5/05

National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA)

National Satellite Meteorological Center, Beijing, China
Uses HDF in satellite remote sensing. (4/02)

National Taiwan Teachers College
Using HDF in field of fishery oceanography. (EOS User, 6/05)

NEAR - Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous

NEC Research Institute, Inc. (2/02)
Uses HDF4 in field of Neural Networks.

netCDF - network Common Data Format (plans to use HDF 5.0)

The neutron and X-ray synchrotron scattering communities have designed a common data format based on HDF. Apart from making it easier to exchange data between major facilities and their user base, NeXus is intended to stimulate greater cooperation in developing analysis and visualization software.

NOAA's CoastWatch Program
NOAA's CoastWatch Program makes environmental satellite data products and in-situ data available to Federal, state and local marine scientists, coastal resource managers, and the public. It users several formats, including HDF. It is operated within NOAA's National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service (See NOAA/NESDIS below). (EOS User, 10/03)

NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center
The NGDC has written the hdf2men utility. The GLOBAL RELIEF CD-ROM contains topography and bathymetry at various scales, digitized continental coastlines, gridded oceanic gravity anomalies, ocean-floor gazetteers, and digital topographic relief images with data in HDF format.

NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS)
One NOS project which uses HDF involves working with data from the Japanese ADEOS satellite sensor, OCTS. This sensor provides imagery data which will enable the identification of what is generally called ocean color. Ocean color is a catch-all for suspended sediments, algal biomass and other oceanic parameters. The ADEOS satellite was launched in August of 1996.

NOAA/NESDIS (EOS User, 3/03)
NESDIS provides timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment, and quality of life.

NOAA's Satellite Climate Research Group
The Satellite Climate Research Group (Climsat) uses data from various environmental satellites in studies of seasonal to interannual climate variability.

Obninsk Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering, Russia
Using HDF as part of International Snow and Ice Center. (EOS User, 10/02)

OCCAM Global Ocean Model
The OCCAM Global Ocean Model project in the UK has carried out runs of a global ocean model at resolutions of 1/4 and 1/8 degree. Data available on line includes ocean temperature, salinity, velocity and sea surface height fields in HDF format, plus jpeg loops of selected surface fields.

Ocean Color and Temperature Scanner (OCTS)

OGI School of Science and Engineering at OHSU, Oregon (EOS User) (1/02)

Oldenburg University, Germany
Using HDF4 in Energy Meteorology. (7/04)

Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory (PFEL)
PFEL is a research unit of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and is home to the Pacific Fisheries Environmental Group (PFEG). PFEG developed CODE for working with COADS (Comprehensive Ocean - Atmosphere Data Set), which can output data in ASCII, HDF or NetCDF formats.

Parallel Ocean Program (POP) Simulation Model
This Parallel Ocean Program (POP) Simulation Model is based on ocean circulation data sets provided by Los Alamos National Laboratory and the US Naval Postgraduate School.

Park Scientific Instruments Co. - All instruments

PathScale, Inc.
Compilers & Interconnect vendor. (2/05)

Peking University, Beijing City, China
Using HDF4 in complexity science & spatio-temporal system dynamics. (EOS User, 9/03)

Precipitation Measuring Missions (PMM)
Precipitation Measuring Missions (PMM) including TRMM and GPM are NASA projects focusing on measuring the precipitation globally.

Purdue University
Using HDF in field of Forestry and Natural Resources. (5/05)

The Random Factory
Provides scientific software for Linux. (1/02)

Radiation Protection Institute, Ukraine
Using HDF in radiation protection and dosimetry. (9/16/02)

RC-Squared (Reservoir Characterization Research and Consulting, Inc.) provides Unix and PC based software and consulting for petroleum reservoir modelling, characterization and development. The software modules use HDF as their basic data format for its speed and cross platform utility.

R&D Center for Minerals and Coal, West Java, Indonesia
Using HDF4 in mine zoning area. (Alliance/NPACI User, 9/04)

Research Systems, Inc.
Research Systems, Inc. is a leading developer of data analysis and visualization software. Its flagship product is IDL (the Interactive Data Language), an advanced fourth-generation language used to build visualization applications for science, medical, financial, and engineering data analysis. RSI also markets ENVI (written in IDL), the industry-leading remote sensing software.

San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) (Alliance/NPACI User, 4/04)

Sea-viewing Wide Field of view Sensor (SeaWiFS)

SENSYS (3/03)

Seoul National University, South Korea
Using HDF4 in Atmospheric Sciences. (6/03)

SIS Development (1/03)

South China Sea Institute of Oceanography
Using HDF 4 in Physical Oceanography. (11/02)

Southampton Oceanography Centre
Uses HDF to store, plot and analyse large ocean datasets - most around 0.6 Gbytes, some up to 8 Gbytes.

Spaceflight Meteorology Group
Use HDF 4 as part of the ARPS/ADAS mesoscale model. (3/03)

Space Technology Application Centre, Vietnam
Using HDF in remote sensing applications. (EOS User, 10/02)

State University of Rio de Janeiro
Uses HDF as part of the ECOAIR project for providing the means to monitor environmental degradation based on remote sensing data. (EOS User) (12/01)

SUPARCO, Pakistan
Using HDF in environmental research. (9/03)

TerraSIP, University of Minnesota   (EOS User, 1/03)

TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) Pathfinder Data

Tokai University, Japan
Using HDF4 with Satellite Oceanography. (6/03)

Total Ozone Mass Spectrometer (TOMS)

Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM)
  • Precipitation Radar (PR)
  • TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI)
  • Visible Infrared Scanner (VIRS)
  • Lighting Image Sensor (LIS)
  • Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES)

Using HDF4 and HDF5 in field of relativity. (12/02)

University of Bremen, Institute of Environmental Physics
Using HDF4 in ENVISAT Validation. (EOS User, 8/02)

University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Using HDF in shallow-water modeling. (8/05)

University of California, Santa Cruz
Using HDF4 in oceanography. (EOS User, 5/02)

University of Florida
Used in Space Science. (4/03)

Uiversity of Hawaii / JIMAR
Distribution of satellite-derived data products to researchers, resource managers, and the community. (EOS User, 4/03)

University of Idaho
Using HDF in field of surface chemistry. (9/02)

University of Minnesota
Using HDF4 as part of the TerraSIP project. (EOS User, 8/03)

University of New Hampshire, (3/03)
Working with scientific databases.

University of Oregon
Using HDF in field of optics. (Alliance/NPACI User, 09/03)

University of Oxford
Using HDF4 and HDF5 in field of atmospheric physics. (EOS User, 3/02)

University of Physics, Hungary
Using HDF4 and HDF5 in Fourier Analysis. (1/05)

University of Sao Paulo, Institute of Geosciences
Using HDF4 in field of geology. (7/05)

University of South Florida, Institute for Marine Remote Sensing   (EOS User, 4/04)

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Physics
See Center for Relativity: Software/Computational.

University of Washington Radar Remote Sensing
Concerned with the development of advanced radar systems and signal processing techniques, Radar Remote Sensing applies this technology to the study of ionospheric plasma physics. They offer a software program called CUPRI.

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (5/03)

University of Zaragoza, Department of Nuclear Engineering
Is using HDF in Inertial Confinement Fusion Diagnostics.

Maintain an on-going in-house software program (HyperCube) that exploits multi and hyperspectral software. (9/02)

USGS, National Mapping Division, Rocky Mountain Mapping (EOS User, 3/03)

Washington University, Missouri
Using HDF4 in field of radiology. (6/03)

Weather Trends International
Weather Trends International makes substantial use of HDF in the client deliverable and mapping systems for two of their websites, Weather Trends International - Business Weather Guidance, and MYskeye.

Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institution
Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institution uses HDF4 in oceanographic research. It is associated with the HDF-EOS project. (1/02)

World Data Center of Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (WDC-RSAT), Germany
The WDC_RSAT provides data, information, and services regarding the earth's atmosphere and surface. It evolved from the German Remote Sensing Data Center, and is hosted by the Cluster of Applied Remote Sensing at DLR. (7/05)

World Resources Institute
Using HDF4 in field of Forestry. (11/03)

Wuhan University ,P.R.China
Using HDF4 in remote sensing and image processing. (EOS User, 6/03)

Yale Medical School, CT, USA
Using HDF4 in Spatial statistics. (EOS User, 3/02)

- - Last modified: 29 January 2016