Configuration

The configuration file is divided in several section, each titled with a name in square brackets. All sections are filled with key=value pairs.

Required sections are default and pattern, all others are referenced by the station list in section default and the satellites lists in the sections per station.

Main section “default”

[default]
station=nrk,ofb
forward=12
start=1
center_id=DWD-OF
station
Names of the stations to make a schedule for.
forward
The timespan in hours the schedule should cover.
start
Time offset between the time of computing and start of the schedule.
center_id
Name/ID for centre/org creating schedules.

File- and directory pattern

Each of the keys in this section can be referenced from within other lines in this section.

Note

Be carefull not to create loops!

[pattern]
dir_output= {output_dir}/{date}-{time}
dir_plots= {dir_output}/plots.{station}
file_xml= {dir_output}/aquisition-schedule-{mode}_{station}.xml
file_sci= {dir_output}/scisys-schedule-{station}.txt
file_graph= {dir_output}/graph.{station}
time, date
Time+date, when the computation started.
station
Replaced with the station name. For co-operating stations “combined schedule” the string ”.comb” is appended.
mode
If a schedule file was created in request mode or in report mode. The first one is the format accepted by SciSYS software, while report mode is good for monitoring purposes.
output_dir
This placeholder references the command-line argument -o OUTPUT_DIR.
dir_output
This key is used only within this section.
dir_plots
Where the plots (globe grafic files) are saved.
file_xml
Path and filename format for xml-schedule (request and report).
file_sci
Path and filename for schedule file in SciSYS format.
file_graph
Graph files with information about the computation.

Stations

[ofb]
name=offenbach
longitude=8.747073
latitude=50.103095
altitude=0.140
area_file=/home/troll/etc/areas.def
area=euro4
satellites=metop-a,metop-b,noaa 19,noaa 18,noaa 15,aqua,terra,suomi npp
name
Name of the station.
longitude
Longitude in degrees east.
latitude
Longitude in degrees north.
altitude
Altitude above mean sea level, in km.
area_file, area
File with area definitions, and the area referenced therein. This area is taken into computation, only satellite passes which swaths are cross-sectioning this area are considered for scheduling.
satellites
List of satellites receivable from this station. The listed names refer to the satellite sections.
[nrk]
name=norrkoeping
longitude=16.148649
latitude=58.581844
altitude=0.052765
area_file=/home/troll/etc/areas.def
area=euron1
satellites=metop-a,metop-b,noaa 19,noaa 18,noaa 15,aqua,terra,suomi npp

While the above section contained values for the station Offenbach/Germany, this section has values for Norkoepping/Sweden.

Satellites

[metop-a]
night=0.1
day=0.6

[noaa 19]
night=0.05
day=0.3

[terra]
night=0.2
day=0.8

[suomi npp]
night=0.25
day=0.9

A few examples for satellite sections.

night
Weight value for satellite swath parts on the night-side of the terminator.
day
Weight value for satellite swath parts on the day-side of the terminator.