INSPIRE Knowledge Base

British Atmospheric Data Centre (NCAS/BADC)

LMO Description
British Atmospheric Data Centre (NCAS/BADC)
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Located in the UK, with global data coverage.
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The role of the NCAS (NERC Centres for Atmospheric Science) British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) is to assist UK researchers to locate, access and interpret atmospheric data and to ensure the long-term integrity of atmospheric data produced by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) projects.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    The BADC has substantial data holdings of its own and also provides information, software and links to data held by other data centres. The data held at the BADC are of two types: Datasets produced by NERC-funded projects; these datasets are of high priority since the BADC may be the only long-term archive of the data. Third party datasets that are required by a large section of the UK atmospheric research community and are most efficiently made available through one location (e.g. Met Office and ECMWF datasets). All BADC data are available on-line through a World Wide Web interface or via an ftp service. Software is provided to assist in the manipulation of the data and extensive information is provided on the data collection procedures, formats, data quality, contact names and references to journal papers. Other specialist services include the development of value added data products such as averaged and gridded data and the generation of animations of data for viewing large datasets. The BADC is involved in collaborations and communications with other data centres within the EU and beyond, focusing on data standards and interoperability. We also have a close working relationship, and are involved in ongoing discussion, with the UK Met Office regarding data and metadata management practices. We are also one of the organisations involved in the international GO-ESSP (Global Organisation of Earth System Science Portals) collaboration.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Located in UK. Data coverage is global.
    Societal Sector: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    The BADC leads the NERC DataGrid (NDG) project aimed at creating a federated data management system that allows users to discover, browse, select and access data from multiple sources via a single interface. Using the RM-ODP architecting model and UML a formal architecture has been developed. Schemas have been developed for discovery, browse metadata and access metadata. These have been heavily influenced by developing standards such as ISOs TC211 work and GML, as well as existing community standards such as NetCDF and OpenDAP. The NDG has identified areas where the developing standards do not cater for the needs of atmospheric/climate science and work is underway to influence the drafting process. The BADC and MPI-WDCC have been working on an interoperability project to enable users of ECMWF Re-analysis data to access data via either archive. This involves agreement of common security and metadata standards.
    Primary Business: 
    Support for the research community.
    Environmental application domains: 
    Atmospheric Composition, Air Pollution, Meteorology, Climate Change, Climate Sciences