SeaDAS Features

The features below describe the main capabilies of the SeaDAS software. To see a list of recent feature improvements, view the Release Summary of the latest software distribution.


  • Very fast image display and navigation even of giga-pixel images
  • Advanced layer management allows adding and manipulation of new overlays such as images of other bands, images from WMS servers or ESRI shapefiles
  • Rich region-of-interest definitions for statistics and various plotting functions
  • Easy bitmask definition and overlay
  • Flexible band arithmetic using arbitrary mathematical expressions
  • Accurate reprojection and ortho-rectification to common map projections
  • Geo-coding and rectification using ground control points
  • Coastline, land/water masking for navigated data
  • Store and restore the current session including all opened files, views and layers

Science Processing

SeaDAS offers the ability for users to process satellite data from a number of ocean color missions (both U.S. and International) through the various processing levels:

  • Level 0 to Level 1 processing is offered for the MODIS sensors on-board the Terra and Aqua spacecraft
  • Level 1 to Level 2 (l2gen)
  • Level 2 to Level 3 binned (l2bin)
  • Temporal binning of Level 3 (l3bin)
  • Mapping of Level 1 data (l1mapgen)
  • Mapping of Level 2 data (l2mapgen)
  • Mapping of Level 3 binned data (smigen)
  • Browse file creation (l1brsgen,l2brsgen)


  • Statistics tool
  • Histogram
  • Scatter Plot
  • Spectrum Plot
  • Correlative Plot
  • Profile Plot