SPECPR Users’ Manual                                                   Page 14.1


This manual documents the specpr program. However, the specpr program itself is the product of many people, some professional programmers, others scientists and students. The effort to write this manual pales in comparison to the programming time spent by myself and many others. Without these people, specpr would have died long ago.

Rodney Kam and Jeff Hoover were programmers at the University of Hawaii who shaped the software into the Unix environment and converted the early code from Fortran 66. Rodney and Jeff co-authored the first version of the specpr users manual in 1982. I often think of Jeff, a true Unix guru, and wish he were still alive. Lucy McFadden wrote some of the early special functions.

After I moved to the U.S. Geological Survey, specpr underwent many changes and extensions. Programmers at the University of Hawaii continued to make improvments and bug fixes in the new version. Kathy Kierein wrote the alias section, added to the radiative transfer routines and other code. Barry Middlebrook wrote the 3D read routines, a vital contribution for working with the new AVIRIS and GER imaging spectrometer data. Noel Gorelic wrote many sections, including the X-windows interface, variable parsing, the graphics window scaling, the continuum analysis and spectral features special functions, as well as bug fixes and enhancements to other parts of the program. Matthew Klejwa wrote the interactive band analysis routines. Wendy Calvin extended the radiative transfer routines and wrote the wavelength registration special function. Bob Brown and Pam Owensby have made numerous bug fixes and improvements.

Users contributed a lot to the development of specpr. They contributed ideas, found bugs and ways to work around around them, ways to improve the program and occasionally fixed the bugs themselves. Some of the more vocal users (probably because I have worked closely with them) are Gregg Swayze, Marcia Nelson, Trude King, and Pam Owensby.

A little known fact is the origin of the name specpr. The name was suggested by Karl Hinck at the University of Hawaii in 1977 and the name has stuck ever since. Thanks Karl for a lasting name for a lasting program (smile).

There are probably several people I have forgotten. If I have forgotten you, I’m sorry. It simply reflects the large effort by so many people that have gone into this program.