The BEAM Earth Observation Toolbox and Development Platform, is a collection of executable tools and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which have been developed to facilitate the utilisation, viewing and processing of a variety of remotely sensed data. The purpose of the BEAM is not to duplicate existing commercial packages, but to complement them with functions dedicated to the handling of data products of earth observing satellites.
The main components of the BEAM are:
This following table lists the data product formats which are supported using the reader modules provided in the BEAM standard installation. Other readers are provided as plug-ins or by dedicated BEAM add-on toolboxes such as the GlobToolbox, and the SMOS-Box. A variety of data products may also be imported by the standard NetCDF and GeoTIFF readers. Information about access to the products supported by the standard installation is given on the Data Sources page.
|MERIS Binned Level-3||Envisat||netCDF|
|TM Thematic Mapper||Landsat 5||Fast Format|
|TM Thematic Mapper||Landsat 4, 5||GeoTIFF|
|MSS||Landsat 1 - 5||GeoTIFF|
|OLI, TIRS||Landsat 8||GeoTIFF|
|NASA Ocean Color (OBPG)||MODIS A/T, SeaWiFS, OCTS, CZCS||HDF|
|HDF-EOS gridded products||N/A||HDF|
VISAT and the scientific data processors use a simple data input/output format, which makes it easy to import ENVISAT data in other imaging applications. The format is called DIMAP® and has been developed by SPOT-Image, France. The BEAM software uses a special DIMAP profile called BEAM-DIMAP, which has the following characteristics:
The complete BEAM software has been developed under the GNU public license and comes with full source code (JavaTM).
BEAM is programmed in pure Java to allow a maximum portability. The BEAM software has been successfully tested under MS Windows XP®, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and also Mac OS X and as well as under Linux and Solaris® operating systems.