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Europe develops a new weather and environmental information system

Europe develops a new weather and environmental information system

Weather, climate, and water-related hazards account for nearly 90% of all natural disasters, which is why weather systems are needed to provide vital information to give early enough warning to save lives and mitigate damage to the environment.

The EU-funded SIMDAT project is developing a meteorological database or Virtual Global Information System Center (VGISC) to provide support services for research and activities in general of the meteorological scientific community in the fields of meteorology, hydrology and the environment.

The software developed by the project partners, based on grid network technology, will offer meteorologists immediate, secure and easy access to various information and analysis services, as well as a user-friendly platform for storing meteorological data via the web. .

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Thus, the VGISC is expected to enable the rapid exchange of data for numerical weather forecasting, disaster management and international research, across national borders and beyond any other demarcation.

The partners in this project are confident that their computer system will eventually become the standard in practice and replace the multiple systems in use today. For the moment, within the framework of this project, a prototype has been built based on the national meteorological services of Germany, France and the United Kingdom; Their results are already promising.

According to the institution that coordinates the project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI), the new VGISC technology has excellent prospects, since this service is not interesting only in Europe. The national meteorological services of Australia, China, Japan, Korea and the National Oceanographic Center of the Russian Federation have already implemented SIMDAT software and are actively collaborating with European partners.

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The infrastructure of this new system will be based on a network of partners and meteorological databases. The messages will be exchanged using algorithms based on mobile phone technologies and the synchronization of metadata in a file system organized by date.

The grid technology will be based on OGSA-DAI (Open Grid Services Architecture Data Access and Integration), which is itself based on easily recognizable web service and technology concepts.

Standard protocols, such as OAI (Open Archive Initiative), will be used to synchronize and integrate existing databases and archives, as well as to enhance interoperability.

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