Rich Support for Heterogeneous Polar Data in RAMADDA Abstract


  • Difficult to navigate environments, tenuous logistics, strange forms, deeply rooted cultures - these are all experiences shared by Polar scientist in the field as well as the developers of the underlying data management systems back in the office. Among the key data management challenges that Polar investigations present are the heterogeneity and complexity of data that are generated. Polar regions are intensely studied across many science domains through a variety of techniques - satellite and aircraft remote sensing, in-situ observation networks, modeling, sociological investigations, and extensive PI-driven field project data collection. While many data management efforts focus on large homogeneous collections of data targeting specific science domains (e.g., satellite, GPS, modeling), multi-disciplinary efforts that focus on Polar data need to be able to address a wide range of data formats, science domains and user communities. There is growing use of the RAMADDA (Repository for Archiving, Managing and Accessing Diverse Data) system to manage and provide services for Polar data. RAMADDA is a freely available extensible data repository framework that supports a wide range of data types and services to allow the creation, management, discovery and use of data and metadata. The broad range of capabilities provided by RAMADDA and its extensibility makes it well-suited as an archive solution for Polar data. RAMADDA can run in a number of diverse contexts - as a centralized archive, at local institutions, and can even run on an investigator's laptop in the field, providing in-situ metadata and data management services. We are actively developing archives and support for a number of Polar initiatives: - NASA-Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE): ABoVE is a long-term multi-instrument field campaign that will make use of a wide range of data. We have developed an extensive ontology of program, project and site metadata in RAMADDA, in support of the ABoVE Science Definition Team and Project Office. See: - UNAVCO Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS): UNAVCO's Polar program provides support for terrestrial laser scanning field projects. We are using RAMADDA to archive these field projects, with over 40 projects ingested to date. - NASA-IceBridge: As part of the NASA LiDAR Access System (NLAS) project, RAMADDA supports numerous airborne and satellite LiDAR data sets - GLAS, LVIS, ATM, Paris, McORDS, etc. - Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC): Satellite and surface observation network - Support for numerous other data from AON-ACADIS, Greenland GC-Net, NOAA-GMD, AmeriFlux, etc. In this talk we will discuss some of the challenges that Polar data brings to geoinformatics and describe the approaches we have taken to address these challenges in RAMADDA.


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  • 2013

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