Solar Physics

, Volume 248, Issue 2, pp 225–232 | Cite as

Visualization of Distributed Solar Data and Metadata with the Solar Weather Browser

  • B. Nicula
  • C. Marqué
  • D. BerghmansEmail author


The Solar Weather Browser (SWB) is a standalone, open-source software tool designed to display solar images with context overlays. It was originally developed for the space-weather forecast activities of the Solar Influence Data analysis Center (SIDC) but it is more generally well suited to display the output of solar-feature recognition methods. The SWB is also useful in the context of distributed solar-image archives, where it could play the role of a quick-look viewer. The SWB allows the user to visually browse large solar data sets and investigate the solar activity for a given date. It has a client – server design that minimizes the bandwidth from the network to the user’s monitor. The server processes the data using the SolarSoft library and distributes them through a Web server to which the SWB client connects. The client is readily available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows at We discuss the software technology embedded in the SWB as well as its use for solar physics and space weather.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SIDC– Royal Observatory of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium

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