The toolbox works by mashing ECV data into a Common Data Model.
Users operate on this model, then visualise the results.
Access and process ESA climate data through a command shell or console terminal. Use it to write your own batch scripts.
The Cate Desktop application provides a graphical user interface to the same functionality provided by the Command Line Interface.
The Python API allows you to use Cate in your own Python programs, and make up new functions for the toolbox too.
Cate Desktop, the CCI Toolbox graphical user interface, provides access to remote & local CCI data sources and a suite of operations to act on the data. This typically results in an in-memory means of holding the data, which we call a "resource". The desktop also provides a means to visualise the data under analysis.
Whether you're on Mac, Windows or Linux, how you use the
toolbox is pretty much the same. Follow the Github download
instructions below, then let's talk about documentation.
Details on the Cate system requirements, installation,
and configuration can be found here.
Our documentation is online. This includes a Quick Start to help you get going with the Command Line Interface. The User Manual chapter describes each of the user interfaces, plus details of the available Operations. You can add operations to the CCI Toolbox through the API. Other technical information includes CCI Toolbox Architecture, Developer Guide and Detailed Design. We'll have YouTube training videos for you soon. But not yet. We're still working on those.
All ESA CCI datasets published through the
ESA CCI Open Data Portal
can be typically accessed by Cate's Python API and Command Line Interface.
More are on the way.
We develop the CCI Toolbox by using Agile methodologies,
working side by side with users. This enables us to
quickly respond to your needs. Let us know what you think
via the toolbox User Forum or drop us an
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're listening.
The CCI Toolbox gets its data directly from the
CCI Open Data Portal, so you don't have to.
But if you're curious, then do feel free to browse
the portal at cci.esa.int/data. It's free and open.
It provides WMS, WCS, and OpeNDAP access to ESA climate
data through our CCI Dashboard and CCI Search facilities.
If you prefer ftp however, we have that too.
We also provide support on the data via email.
The CCI Toolbox is built through international cooperation, across science
and industry. The project partners comprise Brockmann Consult (Lead Partner), Telespazio Vega, S[&]T, Deutscher Wetterdienst, University of Reading, and University of Zurich.
These "Champion Users" - led by Rainer Hollman of Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) - define, drive and validate the CCI Toolbox development direction. Here, Rainer talks about his work on the Cloud Essential Climate Variable (ECV) dataset production in the Climate Change Initiative (CCI).
The ESA Climate Office is responsible for defining the CCI programme of work and overseeing its implementation. Here, Pascal Lecomte (Head of ESA Climate Office) describes how it all began.