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EarthServer - Opportunities and challenges of serving ECMWF's peta-sized archive through OGC web services

ECMWF is partner of the EU-funded (Horizon2020) EarthServer-2 project and is setting up a web service that facilitates  climate  data  access,  exploration,  analysis  and  visualisation  based  on  Open  Geospatial  Consortium (OGC) standards. By doing this, ECMWF data shall become easier accessible to researchers and decision-makers of the MetOcean and GIS community.

Remote Sensing Data Analytics for Planetary Science with PlanetServer/EarthServer

PlanetServer,  the  Planetary  Science  Data  Service  of  the  EC-funded  EarthServer-2  project  (#654367)  tackles the planetary Big Data analytics problem with an array database approach (Baumann et al., 2014). It is developed to  serve  a  large  amount  of  calibrated,  map-projected  planetary  data  online,  mainly  through  Open  Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS) (e.g. Rossi et al., 2014; Oosthoek et al., 2013; Cantini et al., 2014).

PlanetServer/EarthServer: planetary data exploration and exploitation througharray databases

PlanetServer, the Planetary Service of the recently completed EC FP7 e-infrastructure project EarthServer (http://earthserver.eu) (Rossi et al, 2014; Baumann et al., 2015) is a state-of-art online data exploration and analysis system based on the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. It concentrates on Mars imagery and hyperspectral (MRO CRISM) data (Oosthoek et al., 2014) and also comprises subsurface sounding data from MEX MARSIS (Cantini et al., 2014).

Web standards for on-demand access to large volumes of data

Since May 2015, ECMWF has been part of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 EarthServer-2 project. Our goal as a project partner is to explore standardised web services on top of ECMWF’s MARS archive for efficient access to large data volumes. The project explores two standard data-access protocols defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), designed to offer web-based access to multi-dimensional geospatial datasets: (i) Web Coverage Service (WCS) and (ii) Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS).

ECMWF climate reanalysis prompts interest at geosciences conference

Presentations by ECMWF staff on a new climate reanalysis that went into production earlier this year caused excitement among fellow scientists attending the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna from 17 to 22 April.

Other talks given by the Centre’s scientists also attracted a lot of interest and led to the prospect of international collaboration.

The EGU General Assembly was attended by 13,650 scientists from 109 countries, according to the organisers.

EarthServer - Agile Analytics on Big Data Cubes

The Horizon 2020 funded EarthServer project aims to establish scalable web-based analysis and processing services for multi-dimensional geo-referenced Earth Science data. Big Earth Science data often need extensive processing in order to retrieve meaningful and communicable information for users and decision-makers. The challenge is to extract the right information from petabytes (PB) of raw data. Ideally, data processing and analysis should be performed on server-side and only kilobytes of refined information are downloaded.

EarthServer-2 develops plans for better access to Big Earth Data

ECMWF hosted the second EarthServer-2 project meeting on 8 and 9 October 2015. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, EarthServer-2 aims to offer improved access to Big Earth Data through established web service standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

“Based on rasdaman, a leading array database technology, the project will transform the way Earth system scientists access and process data,” says Julia Wagemann of ECMWF. One of the ways it aims to do this is by enhancing existing data archives with flexible, scalable query functionality.

EarthServer - Agile Analytics on Big Data Cubes

 The Horizon 2020 funded EarthServer project aims to establish scalable web-based analysis and processing services for multi-dimensional geo-referenced Earth Science data. Big Earth Science data often need extensive processing in order to retrieve meaningful and communicable information for users and decision-makers. The challenge is to extract the right information from petabytes (PB) of raw data. Ideally, data processing and analysis should be performed on server-side and only kilobytes of refined information are downloaded.

EarthServer - Serving data from ECMWF's archive through OGC coverage services

As partner of the EU funded EarthServer2 project, ECMWF is exploring the provision of an online data exploration and analysis system based on the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. Using these standards has the potential to open up services to a wider audience in users domains outside meteorology and climatology.

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