International Activities and Collaborations
October 4, 2010
Strategic Focus Areas
These efforts support three of the funding proposal's six focus
1. Broadening participation and expanding community services
4. Enhancing user support services
6. Promoting diversity by expanding opportunities
UPC International outreach activities remain largely
unchanged since the last User Committee meeting in Spring, 2010.
- Unidata hosted two Earth and Space Science
Informatics (ESSI) sessions at the AGU 2010 Joint Assembly in
Iguassu Falls, Brazil in August, 2010. It also conducted a one
day short course on Data Access, Use and Sharing on the Sunday
immediately before the meeting.
Tom Yoksas was the ESSI Program Committee representative for the
meeting and proposed, designed, and led the short course along
with colleagues from INPE/CPTEC in Brazil (Waldenio Gambi de
Almeida), the Universidade de Aveiro in Portugal (Guilherme
Chagas), and CICESE in Baja, Mexico (Luis Farfan).
The short course was a logical follow-up to the Latin American Data
Workshop that was held on the Universidade de São Paulo
campus in São Paulo, Brazil on August 21-23, 2008. It
focused on availability and use of ESSI-related Unidata offerings:
LDM/IDD, IDV, THREDDS, RAMADDA and also highlighted capabilities
made available by NOAA/NCDC (NOMADS), INPE/CPTEC (BUFR package),
and CICESE (Mexico, application of Unidata products in the
forecast of Baja Mexico hurricanes).
- Unidata hosted Earth and Space Science
Informatics (ESSI) sessions at the EUMETSAT 2010 Users Conference
held in Cordoba, Spain in September, 2010. Tom Yoksas was the
Scientific Programme Committee representative for ESSI for this
This invited section (invited by Volker Gaertner, PI for
the meeting and Head of Training in EUMETSAT) was successful
enough (approx. 50 audience members in all sessions) that
EUMETSAT wants to include the section in the program for its
2011 Users Conference that will be held in Oslo, Norway.
- A variety of groups in UCAR, including
Unidata, actively sought and were awarded funding from
Google.org for support of the development of a prototype Earth
Gauging System in Africa. Initial activities in this effort
have been aimed at numerical weather forecasting in support of
meningitis epidemic management in northern Ghana. Unidata's
role is centered on application of its technologies in support
of research and data accumulation and dissemination efforts.
Unidata software packages that are/will be prominently featured
in this effort are the LDM/IDD, IDV, RAMADDA, THREDDS, and the
ADDE component of McIDAS-X.
- Use of Unidata tools, especially netCDF
and the IDV, continues to grow internationally
- IDD-Brazil continues to expand in Africa
- Data from UCAR GOES East/West/South
ingest systems have been routinely accessed by international users
in North, Central and South America using McIDAS-X, IDV, and
McIDAS-V. The system used to ingest GOES-10 data was
dedicated to ingestion of GOES-12 data when GOES-12 wass repurposed for
South American surveillance in May, 2010.
by Tom Yoksas