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Title European developments in GIS standards for met/ocean data
Abstract This paper reviews a number of developments in GIS standards for interoperability of met/ocean data. The timeliness and synergy of these projects indicates a renewed interest in establishing a broad interoperability agenda for the earth system, spurred on by emerging standards for geographic information and services. In particular it emphasises how these impact on the development of INSPIRE:GMES linkages in the marine domain and how these are being addressed as part of the MOTIIVE project. The objective of MOTIIVE is to examine the cost benefit of using non-proprietary data standards. MOTIIVE addresses the harmonization requirements between the INSPIRE core data component "elevation" (terrestrial, bathymetric and coastal) and INSPIRE marine thematic data for "sea regions", "oceanic spatial features" and "coastal zone management areas". The proposal stresses analysis of the cost-benefit implied by strong harmonisation between "core" and "thematic" INSPIRE data, while fulfilling the infrastructure requirements of the GMES "Ocean and Marine Applications" theme, already being determined by GMES Service Element (GSE) pilot projects. The aims of the project are to produce application instances of a series of OpenGIS specifications and use this to support a fully qualified business case for creating a formal OGC Working Group for Marine Data. MOTIIVE extends the work of EU-Funded project MarineXML that has investigated the potential for marine data interoperability using XML and GML technologies. In particular it appraised conceptual models and a GML application schema (the Climate Science Modelling Language, CSML) for a range of met/ocean data types have been developed by the UK project, NERC DataGrid. The CSML data model provides an abstraction layer to facilitate delivery through services such as the Open Geospatial Consortium GIS web services. This approach is also deployed across the heterogeneous curated archives of the British Atmospheric Data Centre and British Oceanographic Data Centre. A WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) expert team with contributors from 5 European countries has been developing a meteorological community profile of the metadata standard ISO 19115. The team is also working on a feature catalogue under ISO 19110 which describes as feature types and coverages, the content of WMO bulletins and forecasts which are distributed in real time around the world. This work is part of WMO's FWIS development (Framework for a WMO Information System). Finally, COST-719 is an action in the ESF (European Science Foundation) framework aimed at enhancing and broadening the potential of GIS in the fields of climatology and meteorology. One of its Working Groups is concerned with storage and exchange standards for such data. Focus is especially on monitoring developments within WMO-CBS and the OGC consortium, but also on ambitions within the EU.
Organisation CCLRC , ESC , ESC-DMG
Keywords natural environment
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Presentation Presented at 11th EC-GI & GIS Workshop, ESDI: Setting the Framework, Alghero, Sardinia, 29 Jun 2005 - 1 Jul 2005. 2005