Create a cloud map for xplanet using satellite images from the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station
Python script to create a cloud map for xplanet using satellite images from the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, UK. This script can also be installed by pip from pypi.
xplanet can use a cloud map to make the earth look more pretty.
There is a free service which create one such cloud map per day. Due to a temporary unavailability of that service this script create_map was developed to automatically download the necessary geostationary images from the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, UK. To use this service you need an account there (which is free). Also a new cloud map can be created every three hours.
Set your login information in the configuration file (default name for UNIX-like systems: $HOME/.CreateCloudMap/CreateCloudMap.ini, for Windows: %HOME%\.CreateCloudMap\CreateCloudMap.ini):
[Download] username = user password = secret tempdir = images # Use one of the followingj for resolution: medium, high resolution = medium purge = false [xplanet] destinationdir = xplanet/images destinationfile = clouds_2048.jpg width = 2048 height = 1024
If the configuration file already exists, a new version is copied to CreateCloudMap.ini.new to not overwrite the login data. The old config file should work after an update, because default values are used for newly introduced options.
tempdir specifies the directory where the downloaded images (and if enabled by the command line switch --debug or -d) intermediate debug images are stored. For debug outputs to work, you need to (manually) install matplotlib and Basemap. destinationdir specifies the directory where the output destinationfile is saved.
resolution can be set to medium or high to determine the resolution of the downloaded satellite images (low does not work at the moment.)
If purge is set to true old satellite images will be deleted which are not used to draw the current cloud map.
width and height set the dimensions of the cloud map in destinationfile.
To see all command line options of the script use --help:
$ create_map --help usage: create_map [-h] [-d] [-c FILE] [-f] optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -d, --debug store intermediate results -c FILE, --conf_file FILE Specify config file -f, --force Force to recreate cloud map
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