INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Atmospheric Data Management Centres
Mission and Objectives: 
To address the requirements, experience and knowledge found in the operational data centres concentrating on atmospheric science. Connections to parallel climate and oceanographic data centres will also be incorporated.
Formal Mandate: 
Organisations funded to collect, archive, manage, and distribute datasets principally to the academic research community.
The organisations within ATMOS-DMC share the common focus of managing large digital archives of atmospheric (and other) data. Design and maintenance of catalogues, metadata and data structures, along with network services for data ingestion, delivery, conversion, sub-setting, visualisation are key activities. This SDIC is an umbrella for a number of organisations working on these areas with a view to future inter-operation.
British Atmospheric Data Centre: NERC DataGrid: World Data Centre for Climate: NERC Environmental Systems Science Centre: World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere: World Data Center for Marine Environmental Sciences: British Oceanographic Data Centre:
Participants in this SDIC have been involved in applying OGC and ISO standards with a view to harmonising metadata, data and services within the atmospheric science community. These developments will be useful in informing INSPIRE of the state-of-the-art in developing standards that fully capture the requirements of large 4-dimensional spatiotemporal datasets.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    All located in the EU.
    Societal Sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    The NERC DataGrid (NDG) is a 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 BODC are partners in the NDG project and have both contributed to its work on existing and emerging standards. The BADC and 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. The German WDC Network of Earth System Research consistsof the WDC MARE (Uni. Bremen), WDC RSAT (DFD/DLR, Oberpfaffenhoven) and the WDC Climate (Hamburg). They already constitute a community of spatial archives working on standards and interoperability. WDC Climate manages access to enormous climate research datasets in its petabyte archive. It supports this with the CERA metadata model. WDC MARE have developed metadata holdings based on the ISO 19xxx series. WDC-RSAT hosts data and processors related to obtainment of information related to the atmosphere (biosphere, troposphere, and stratosphere). The inclusion of Metadata, also based on the ISO 19xxx series, is on-going in partnership with the German National Remote Sensing Data Library (NRSDL) which, like WDC-RSAT, is also hosted at the German Remote Sensing Data Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLR-DFD). The ESSC is part of the UKs National Centre for Ocean Forecasting and also hosts the Reading e-Science Centre. It partners the Met Office in the GMES MERSEA program on operational oceanography and in a national government program to promote Web Service delivery of operational meteorological services. It has expertise in fast access to gridded operational marine and atmospheric data using Web Services and OpenDAP servers, currently managing about 2TB of data. It also has expertise in geospatial database technology and has run research trials of database and file management systems. It plans to update its servers to be compliant with the OGC Web Services specification and relevant metadata standards.
    Environmental application domains
    Atmospheric Composition, Air Pollution, Meteorology, Climate Change, Climate Sciences, Monitoring Air pollution, Oceanography
    Primary Business
    Support for the research community.