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CLIPC: Constructing Europe's Climate Information Portal

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

Workshop on design of scientific portals

KNMI, Netherlands, November 17th to 19th, 2014.

This meeting was organised jointly by the CLIPC and IS-ENES2 projects.knmi

The programme (see below) involved presentations related to the architecture and design of portal(s) distributing scientific data and information related to climateclimate
Climate in a narrow sense is usually defined as the average weather, or more rigorously, as the statistical description in terms of the mean and variability of relevant quantities over a period of time ranging from months to thousands or millions of years. The classical period for averaging these variables is 30 years, as defined by the World Meteorological Organization. The relevant quantities are most often surface variables such as temperature, precipitation and wind. Climate in a wider sense is the state, including a statistical description, of the climate system.
, particularly with regard to climate. These led to discussions and brainstorming of architectural choices and the role of different technologies. Participants of the meeting were technology developers and interested parties. Focus was on the integration of technologies into a service.

Presentations are available below via the download links behind the presentation.

November 17th, 2pm to 6pm
Plenary session:1 Documentation
14:00 Welcome Wim Som de Cerff, KNMI  
14:05 Overview: CLIPC objectives and approach Martin Juckes, STFC Download
14:20 CLIPC architecture sketch and intro to discussion Wim Som de Cerff, KNMI Download
14:40 ES-DOC Mark Greenslade (remote) Canceled
15:00 CHARMe Stephen Pascoe, STFC Download
15:20-16:00 Break    
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.
Stephen Pascoe, STFC Download
16:20 Data Referencing and cataloguing Martin Juckes, STFC Download
16:40 Use of vocabularies in EMODnet and SeaDataNet Peter Thijsse, MARIS Download
16:50 Vocabulary services in EMODnet, SeaDataNet Adam Leadbetter, BODC Download
17:10 Discussion    
November 18th: 9am to 5:30pm
Plenary session 2: Data access
9:00 MyOcean Data Access and portal Thomas Loubrieu, IFREMER Download
9:20 EMODNet/SeaDataNet Peter Thijsse, MARIS Download
9:40 Preparations for C3S Baudouin Raoult, ECMWF Download
10:00 ESGF & MARS Prashanth Dwarakanath, LIU Download
10:20 ESA ngEO Garin Smith, Magellium Download
10:40 Break    
11:00 Climate4impact Maarten Plieger, KNMI Download
11:20 Visualising the robustness of climate changeclimate change
Climate change refers to a change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings such as modulations of the solar cycles, volcanic eruptions and persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use. Note that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its Article 1, defines climate change as: 'a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods'. The UNFCCC thus makes a distinction between climate change attributable to human activities altering the atmospheric composition, and climate variability attributa
The concept of climate signal maps.
Juliane Otto, Climate Service
Center 2.0
11:40 The VERCE Science Gateway: Interactive seismic
simulations across HPC clusters and federated
data archives
Alessandro Spinuso, KNMI Download
12:00 The ECOMS User Data Gateway Antonio S. Cofiño, Uni. Cantab Download
12:20 Discussion    
12:30 Lunch    
Plenary session:3 Data quality control
14:00 QC for climate model data Heinz-Dieter Hollweg, DKRZDKRZ
Deutsches Klimarechensentrum / German Climate Computing Centre
14:20 Compliance checking for archive data Martin Juckes, STFC Download
14:40 QA4ECV: a traceable quality assurance system for multi-decadal ECVs A. De Rudder, IASB-BIRA Download
15:00 Core-Climax Jörg Schulz (EUMETSAT) Download
15:20 Break    
15:50 Transformations    
15:50 MyOcean, Quality Thomas Loubrieu, IFREMER Download
16:10 A modular WPSWPS
OGC Web Processing Service
framework based on pyWPS
Stephan Kindermann, DKRZ Download
16:30 The CEDA WOS service Eduardo Damasio da Costa, STFC Download
16:50 Icclim/ocgis: a python library for calculating climate indices Christian Pagé, CERFACS Download
17:10 Close    
November 19th, 9am to 12:30
9:00 Plenary: review objectives of breakout groups    
9:30 Breakout
- Implementing WPS; also WCS, WCPS (SODA,)
- Visualisation, including visualisation of uncertaintyuncertainty
Lack of precision or unpredictability of the exact value at a given moment in time. It does not usually imply lack of knowledge. Often, the future state of a process may not be predictable, such as a roll with dice, but the probability of finding it in a certain state may be well known (the probability of rolling a six is 1/6, and flipping tails with a coin is 1/2). In climate science, the dice may be loaded, and we may refer to uncertainties even with perfect knowledge of the odds. Uncertainties can be modelled statistically in terms of pdfs, extreme value theory and stochastic time series models.

- Knowledge base and metadatametadata
Information about meteorological and climatological data concerning how and when they were measured, their quality, known problems and other characteristics.

Stephen Pascoe
Wim Som de Cerff
Peter Thijsse

11:00 Coffee    
11:30 Feedback and discussion    
12:30 End of meeting