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Further, the user agrees to credit MCNC and BAMS in any publications that result from the use of this software or in any product that includes this software. The names MCNC and/or North Carolina Supercomputing Center, however, may not be used in any advertising or publicity to endorse or promote any products or commercial entity unless specific written permission is obtained from MCNC. The user also understands that MCNC is not obligated to provide the user with any support, consulting, training or assistance of any kind with regard to the use, operation and performance of this software nor to provide the user with any updates, revisions, new versions or "bug fixes."

We do also request that you explain to MCNC the nature of any derivative works that you distribute, together with appropriate links as to their nature and availability, etc.

Further, note that the EDSS/Models-3 I/O API depends in an essential manner upon the contents of INCLUDE files ATTDSC3.EXT, PARMS3.EXT, FDESC3.EXT, IODECL3.EXT, attdsc3.h, parms3.h, fdesc3.h, and iodecl3.h. Any changes are likely to result in very obscure, difficult-to-diagnose bugs caused by an inconsistency between standard "libioapi.a" object-libraries and whatever code is compiled with the resulting modified INCLUDE-file. By making any changes to any of these INCLUDE files, the user explicitly agrees that in the case any assistance is required of MCNC or of the I/O API author, Carlie J. Coats, Jr. as a result of such changes, the user and/or his project or contract agrees to reimburse mcnc and/or the i/o api author, Carlie J. Coats, Jr., at a rate triple the normal contract rate for the services required.

Comments and questions are welcome and can be sent to robert.imhoff@baronams.com or

Environmental Programs
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Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Acknowledgements

This work was initiated by the author under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Contract No. 68-W0-0043-462 between US EPA and Computer Sciences Corporation, and continued by the author at MCNC/NCSC Environmental Programs, also under cooperative agreements with US EPA. The author would like to thank EPA's Atmospheric Research and Environmental Assessment Laboratory (whose Regional Oxidant Model utility and I/O library provided a fine example of how modeling could be aided by the use of a fine selective direct-access library, and which explored many of the pitfalls in such a library so that Models-3 and EDSS could avoid them) for supporting this work, and the following people who made valuable contributions to and suggestions for its development:

The author would also like to thank the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and its technology-transfer arm Unidata, on top of whose netCDF interface for persistent data access the I/O API was built, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, on top of whose PVM-3 mailbox system the cooperating-process coupling-mode of the I/O API was built. Without these, it would have been much more difficult to construct an easy-to-use, multi-mode modeler-oriented machine-independent selective direct access interface to air-quality-oriented data.

Carlie J. Coats, Jr., Ph.D. carlie.coats@baronams.com
Environmental Modeling Center phone: (919)424-4444
Baron Advanced Meteorological Systems fax: (919)424-4401
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