MeteoForum Activities - Spring 2004
May 14, 2004
Efforts referenced within this report are based on five of the six
endeavors articulated in the Unidata 2008 Proposal:
- Endeavor 1: Responding to a broader and more diverse community
- Endeavor 2: Comprehensive Support Services
- Endeavor 4: Software to analyze and visualize geoscience data
- Endeavor 5: Distributed, organized collections of digital material
- Endeavor 6: Improved data access infrastructure
MeteoForum - Unidata/COMET
The MeteoForum vision was articulated in the 2001 Fulker/Spangler
proposal submitted in application for UCAR Director's Opportunity
Funding (Jack Fellows):
MeteoForum - An International Network of Meteorological
Training Centers for the 21st Century
"The MeteoForum pilot project will include a small group of educational institutions
(some universities and some WMO RMTCs) that are motivated to enhance the contributions
of modern meteorology in their regions. Participants will be expected to have
relatively fast Internet access, appropriate computers, and suitable personnel.
Some of these personnel will be trained to run MeteoForum software on their
computers so as to access real-time data, training materials, and other resources.
Where practical, participants in the MeteoForum pilot also will contribute
real-time data and educational resources to the effort. By integrating these
elements, the pilot project will serve as a model on which to build a full-scale
international MeteoForum. Initially, the MeteoForum pilot project will build
upon capabilities now offered in the U.S. by the government-sponsored COMET
and Unidata programs"
The MeteoForum initiative is a very active collaboration, even
though it is being conducted in spare time.
The following are highlights of the Unidata (Yoksas) MeteoForum
activities for the past quarter:
- participated in MeteoForum planning meeting at Seattle AMS conference
- inaugurated the IDD-Brazil at the end of December. Participants
- Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - top level relay
- INPE/CPTEC - top level relay and data injection node (INPE is the Brazilian
equivalent of NASA; CPTEC runs models operationally for Brazil in a role
that is similar to NCEP's role in the US)
- Universidade Federal do Para (UFPA) - leaf node (RMTC)
- Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) - leaf node
The Universidade de Buenos Aires (RMTC) will begin participation in the
IDD-Brazil after they have completed infrastructure upgrades made
possible from monies received through the Unidata Equipment Grants Program.
Participation is imminent.
UFRJ and CPTEC personnel have been conducting outreach to Brazilian universities
to inform them of the availability of real time data and to see if they
have unique data holdings that they would be willing to share. Educational
sites contacted include:
- Universidade Estadual do Mananhao (UEMA)
- Universidade de Alagoas (UFAL)
- Universidade da Paraiba (UFPB)
- Universidade de Pelotas (UFPel)
- Universidade do Vale do Paraiba (UNIVAP))
- Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA)
In addition to the sites above, an operational organization named FURNAS
has also expressed interest in participating in IDD-Brazil data exchange.
Their participation will require a quid pro quo arrangement with
other IDD-Brazil participants.
- submitted a paper on the IDD-Brazil for the Brazilian Meteorological
Congress (XIII CBMET) to be held in Fortaleza, BR at the end of August/beginning
of September, 2004. Two additional papers on the IDD-Brazil
are being submitted to CBMET, one by David Garrana of the UFRJ and the other
by Waldenio Gambi de Almeida of CPTEC/INPE.
- real time data reception through the IDD-Brazil and Unidata
display and analysis applications GEMPAK, IDV, and McIDAS will be showcased
in the CPTEC booth at CBMET
- presented an
Overview of MeteoForum as part of the Unidata Seminar series in
- continued working with MeteoForum WMO RMTC representatives to explore use
of LDM to feed conventional, model, and satellite datasets. Most recently,
met with representatives from Barbados and Venezuela to discuss strategies
and timelines for installation of Unidata offerings (e.g., LDM, GEMPAK, IDV,
McIDAS) at their sites.
- presented a paper at the AMS annual meeting in Seattle:
Meteoforum - Initial Successes in Data Sharing Leading to the Creation of
the IDD-Brazil. This was included in Session 11: European and
Other International Applications Part II. The extended abstract for this presentation
is available through the American Meteorological Society web page in the link
- installed a single channel Unidata NOAAPORT data ingest system at Universidad
de Costa Rica at the end of February. (Yoksas, Schmidt).
- installed a high performance server at the UCR at the end of February (system
was funded by monies received from the US and Canadian National Weather Services
- assembled a high performance server for the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology
and Hydrology (CIMH located in Husbands, Barbados) from monies procured from
the US National Weather Services (Yoksas, Spangler). The server is scheduled
to be shipped to the Barbados RMTC in early June (Yoksas).
- in initial phases of planning a possible regional training workshop at
the Universidad de Costa Rica. Targeted participants would include RMTC representatives
from Barbados, Venezuela, and Costa Rica and students from those same institutions.
Tim Spangler's informal summary of the MeteoForum
planning session held at the 2004 AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. can
be found in the
February 2004 MeteoForum Report to the Policy Committee.
The MeteoForum 2003 annual report prepared by
Tim Spangler and Tom Yoksas and submitted to the Director of the UCAR
Office of Programs, Jack Fellows can be found in the
February 2004 MeteoForum Report to the Policy Committee.
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