As much as possible, this FAQ answers with links to the documentation.
You will need several different programs, as well as software from the UH ADCP group. Installation instructions are here.
It depends on your background, but the short answer is: ‘yes, it will take some time to learn, but less time than it would take to write your own code’.
That depends on many factors, including
- how well you know your computer (the commandline interface, how to configure the paths and environment variables)
- how good your dataset is (does it have clock problems? navigation problems?)
- the manner in which the heading correction (to the gyro) will be calculated (pingdata with ue4 is easy, LTA is hard)
After setting up the computer, it really depends on the data. It could be days or weeks.
This documentation is available in the file adcp_doc.zip, located here
If you are about to leave, and you want to be able to run CODAS processing off line, you should plan to install and test all the necessary programs before you leave. Follow these instructions to ensure that CODAS setup and processing documentation is accessible on your computer.
If all you want to do is look at UHDAS data at sea, check this link to see what kinds of data are available.
That depends on the instrument and data acquisition system used on your cruise.
This link gives an introduction to the data in a UHDAS cruise directory.
Please read about CODAS conventions (eg. decimal day is zero-based)
The database has undergone preliminary processing, but steps remain to ensure there are no calibration errors, gaps, or bad profiles.