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CLIPC: Constructing Europe's Climate Information Portal

CLIPC provides access to Europe's climate data and information.

Architecture team report

The objective of this document is to describe the CLIPC architecture concept.at doc front It is written by the architecture team consisting of representatives from WP3, 4 and 5. The architecture is based upon a first real world story line, which is defined together with WP7 and WP8. The story line involves producing an urban heat vulnerabilityvulnerability
The propensity or predisposition to be adversely affected. Vulnerability encompasses a variety of concepts including sensitivity or susceptibility to harm and lack of capacity to cope and adapt.
map for large European cities. The story line prototype will be delivered before the user group meeting on February 4, 2015, based on data readily available and is merely a showcase usable for discussion with e.g. user groups. When improved data becomes available during the project, the prototype can evolve into a real product. Working with a story line helps in discussions and with applying the concepts to reality which will help detecting design flaws early on. It can a lso be used by WP2 in discussion with end users.

The final CLIPC system will not be limited to this one storylinestoryline
A narrative description of a scenario (or family of scenarios), highlighting the main scenario characteristics, relationships between key driving forces and the dynamics of their evolution.
, but will be covering more tier 1/2/
3 climate impactclimate impact
See Impact Assessment
indicators for which the CLIPC system contains or imports the biasbias
The average difference between the values of the forecasts and the observations on the long term. While accuracy is always positive the bias could be either positive of negative depending on the situation.
corrected “raw” datasets, and the processed datasets (tier 1/2/3). CLIPC is not starting from scratch and will reuse existing concepts, components and services as much as possible. Main challenge for the architecture team is to select reusable components and services and integrate them into one architecture for CLIPC. Therefore we started with analyzing results from related projects (e.g., ESGFESGF
The Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) is an international collaboration with a current focus on serving the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) and supporting climate and environmental science in general. The ESGF grew out of the larger Global Organization for Earth System Science Portals (GO-ESSP) community, and reflects a broad array of contributions from the collaborating partners.
, Climate4impact, ClimateAdapt, SeaDataNet/EMODNET), analyzing metadatametadata
Information about meteorological and climatological data concerning how and when they were measured, their quality, known problems and other characteristics.
discovery standards, data access services, etc..

This document describes the architecture as an integration of 5 concepts:
- Knowledge base
- Data discovery and access
- User management
- Data processing
- Data visualisation. 

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