International Activities and Collaborations
Status Report: March 2012 - September 2012
Strategic Focus Areas
The Group Name group's work supports the following Unidata funding proposal focus areas:
- Develop and provide open-source tools for effective use
of geoscience data
The majority of tools downloadable from Unidata are available free-of-charge to everyone (the exception being McIDAS-X).
- Provide cyberinfrastructure leadership in data discovery,
access, and use
Activities of the Unidata Program Center are routinely provided to the worldwide atmospheric science community. Strategic partnerships with leading organizations in other countries minimize the impact on UPC staff.
- Build, support, and advocate for the diverse geoscience community
By informing the international atmospheric science community of the products, data and services available in the Unidata Program, an extended community has been enabled.
Non-U.S. users of products available from Unidata reflect, in a number of cases, minority constituencies in the U.S. atmospheric science community.
International Activities Since the Last Status Report
Unidata's Africa-related international outreach activities have largely focused on its role in the UCAR Africa Initiative (AI) which will soon enter its second (and final) no-cost extension of is Google.org award). The following are some highlights of this activity:
- The IDV is being used to generate displays of forecast relative humidity
that is created using TIGGE ensemble data from ECMWF (via the NCAR/CISL
TIGGE repository). The IDV displays include:
- Areal distribution of the 50% quantile for RH (which means that each
point in the RH field has a 50% probability of being that value
These products are stored as animated GIFs and individual frames of the animated GIFs and made available through RAMADDA on motherlode:
Projects -> Africa Initiative -> Data -> Weather Forecast
-> Areal Coverage
- probe timeseries plots of QC25, QC50, and QC75 fields for districts
(a district is a subdivision of a region which is like a U.S. state)
in a select set of countries (Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Niger,
Nigeria, Tchad, and Togo) that are located in the meningitis belt
(which is roughly the Sahel) in Africa.
- Areal distribution of the 50% quantile for RH (which means that each point in the RH field has a 50% probability of being that value or less).
- The next stage of AI work in Unidata includes automating the generation
of displays upon receipt of a new forecast file produced in RAL (by
- The programmatic use of the IDV
- Use of RAMADDA to serve display products to the African Decision
Information System (ADIS) interface that Arnaud Dumont (NCAR/RAL) created for
- Scraping human-generated documents to get the list of districts for
which probe time series plots should be generated.
- The programmatic use of the IDV
- The next step in the AI effort will be the transfer of technologys used
in the various facets of RH forecasts to the African Centre of Meteorological
Application for Development (ACMAD) which is located in
Other activities of note:
- Two Unidata personnel (Yuan Ho and Tom Yoksas) travelled to Chengdu, China in June to train Chinese Meteorological Agency (CMA) personnel in the use of the LDM, IDV and RAMADDA. The 10 day trip, which was fully funded by the CMA, has resulted in closer ties between China CMA offices and Unidata. More information on this activity can be found in the IDV status report.
- Data from UCAR GOES East/West/South ingest systems continue to be routinely accessed by international users in North, Central and South America using McIDAS-X, IDV, and McIDAS-V.
- Use of Unidata tools, especially netCDF and the IDV, continues to grow internationally.
- IDD-Brazil continues to grow in Africa.