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STFC Centre for Environmental Data Archival(CEDA)Annual Report 2011(April 2010-March 2011)

Lawrence, Bryan N (2011) STFC Centre for Environmental Data Archival(CEDA)Annual Report 2011(April 2010-March 2011). Annual Report. Science and Technology Facilities Council Centre for Environmental Data Archival.

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Abstract

The mission of the Centre for Environmental Archival (CEDA) is to deliver long term curation of scientifically important environmental data at the same time as facilitating the use of data by the environmental science community. CEDA was established by the amalgamation of the activities of two of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) designated data centres: the British Atmospheric Data Centre, and the NERC Earth Observation Data Centre. The process began with administrative functions (in 2005) and has proceeded steadily since, as new activities have and continue to be accreted into CEDA. Until 2008, the constituent parts of CEDA reported independently to NERC, but in 2009 we produced the first public report for CEDA. We are pleased to present here our third annual report, covering activities for the “2010” year (actually from April 2010 to the end of March 2011). The report itself is in two sections, the first broadly providing a summary of activities and some statistics with some short descriptions of some significant activities, and new this year, a second section introducing some of the staff, and what they do from day-to-day. (Note that although the UK solar system data centre joined CEDA in this year, we have yet to include significant reporting from that activity.) CEDA staff are involved in nearly all the major atmospheric science programmes under way in the UK, in many earth observation programmes, and in a wide range of informatics activities. The CEDA involvement in informatics is main targeted at achieving three main objectives: (1) Providing suitable tools to document and manage both high volume and highly heterogeneous data both in CEDA and the community; (2) Delivering tooling and services to enable the community to exploit CEDA data holdings, and; (3) Improving the ability of fundamental standards both to improve the likelihood that others can build standards compliant software we can deploy, and to support interdisciplinary science. While all of these activities are of course aimed squarely at supporting the UK community, of necessity, and like the science programmes in which we work, we could not complete our objectives without both building on and contributing to other activities – both in the UK and abroad. In particular we rely on partnerships we have built with other organisations so that we can leverage the informatics investments elsewhere to deliver solutions to the three objectives above. One of our closest partnerships is with the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ), but we have strong connections with a range of other institutions, particularly those within the Global Organisation for Earth System Science Portals (GOESSP, see http://go-essp.gfdl.noaa.gov). Other important relationships include with the Met Office, our sister data centres in the Natural Environment Research Council community, and the European space data community (in particular the European Space Agency). In the report that follows it will be seen that many of our activities involve partners from the list above delivering solutions in support of our two main scientific communities: the UK atmospheric and earth observation communities. In 2010 these communities delivered two especially major challenges to CEDA, challenges which are likely to be with us for some years: firstly, how to acquire, document, distribute, and support the massive amounts of data being produced by international model intercomparison projects (and in particular, CMIP5); and secondly, how to develop a strong engagement with the new International Space Innovation Centre sharing our site at Harwell. Clearly ISIC provides us with a vehicle which could greatly strengthen our ability for the data collected by the UK academic community to make greater commercial and scientific impacts. Our highlights section indicates some of the activities we have begun in support of these two challenges, and we might expect to see much more on these in future years. I trust that whatever your background, you can find something of interest in the material presented here. Bryan Lawrence, Director

Item Type:Monograph (Annual Report)
Subjects:Data and Information
Computer Science
Atmospheric Sciences
Earth Sciences
Meteorology and Climatology
ID Code:902
Deposited By:Dr Graham Parton
Deposited On:14 Mar 2012 11:27
Last Modified:14 Mar 2012 11:27

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