The pioneering European SIMDAT project provides the basis for a cost-effective, global information system for meteorology and the environment
The results obtained from SIMDAT are increasingly in demand from European and international meteorological services and are likely to become acknowledged worldwide.
The SIMDAT Meteo Activity is working to establish a Virtual Global Information System Centre (VGISC) for the national meteorological services of France, Germany and the UK based on Grid technology.
Starting from the functional requirements of the forthcoming World Meteorological Organisation Information System (WIS), the VGISC aims to provide cost-effective and user-friendly services that will facilitate operational activities amongst meteorological centres. VGISC offers a uniform view of a wide range of meteorological systems that integrate a variety of data from distributed locations providing secure, reliable and convenient access via the Internet.
It is targeted towards operational Meteorological Centres and re-search communities in the domains of meteorology, hydrology and the environment.
The VGISC software has been developed under the direction of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) by the SIMDAT Meteo project partners – DWD, Météo France, the UK Met Office, and EUMETSAT.
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