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Information technology implementation for a distributed data system serving Earth scientists: seasonal to interannual ESIP

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5 Author(s)
Kafatos, M. ; George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA, USA ; Wang, X.S. ; Li, Z. ; Ruixin Yang
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We address the implementation of a distributed data system designed to serve Earth system scientists. A consortium led by George Mason University has been funded by NASA's Working Prototype Earth Science Information Partner (WP-ESIP) program to develop, implement, and operate a distributed data and information system. The system will address the research needs of seasonal to interannual scientists whose research focus includes phenomena such as El Nino, monsoons and associated climate studies. The system implementation involves several institutions using a multitiered client-server architecture. Specifically the consortium involves an information system of three physical sites, GMU, the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) and the Goddard Distributed Active Archive Center, distributing tasks in the areas of user services, access to data, archiving, and other aspects enabled by a low-cost, scalable information technology implementation. The project can serve as a model for a larger WP-ESIP Federation to assist in the overall data information system associated with future large Earth Observing System data sets and their distribution. The consortium has developed innovative information technology techniques such as content based browsing, data mining and associated component working prototypes; analysis tools particularly GrADS developed by COLA, the preferred analysis tool of the working seasonal to interannual communities; and a Java front-end query engine working prototype

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Scientific and Statistical Database Management, 1998. Proceedings. Tenth International Conference on

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1-3 Jul 1998