NCEO EO Informatics

Lead Research Organisation: National Centre for Earth Observation

Abstract

The NCEO Data Services Programme underpins all other NCEO areas. Data Services activity includes the NCEO community Data Centre, the academic component of Climate and Earth Monitoring from Space (CEMS) activity, manipulation of high-volume Earth observation data and links to commercial components of CEMS and to its partners, customers and end-users. The NCEO data centre activity aims to facilitate the NCEO’s science goals by ensuring that data products are fit for use and reuse, and to ensure the credibility of NERC's science output by curating data products which underpin scientific publications.
 
Description 2012-2013:

The NCEO EO Informatics Theme hosts data and provides data services, primarily for the UK Earth Observation (EO) Community, but with users from diverse disciplines, organisations and geographic areas.



Over the last year, nearly 300 identifiable users actively downloaded EO data from our archive, our EO data holdings have increased to 300 TB, and the first users have been accessing the CEMS facility (Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Space) for data processing and analysis alongside the data.



The largest fraction of our users comes from the UK (71%), but others come from Europe (9%) and Worldwide (17%). While most of our users (69%) are based in universities, we also support users in government (15%), NERC (6%), commercial sector (3%) and schools (1%).



In summer 2012, we launched a new computing system (CEMS) consisting of storage and compute funded by significant capital investment from UKSA (UK Space Agency).



CEMS has been established in collaboration with academic and commercial partners in the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) at Harwell (now merged into the Satellite Applications Catapult), and supports both academic and commercial communities by providing access to data, processing and expertise for climate and environmental research, as well as for new Earth Observation related technologies and services in the commercial sector.



CEMS is closely coupled to its sister facility, JASMIN, deployed by NCAS, which is specifically targeted at supporting the joint analysis of weather and climate data by the academic community and Met Office staff.



Together, JASMIN and CEMS are designed to support data analysis by the UK and European climate and earth system science communities; and to provide flexible access for the climate impacts and earth observation communities to complex data and services.



2013-2014:



Earth Observation and other relevant datasets in the NERC data centres operated by CEDA have been made available to users worldwide. In the last year, 321 users downloaded 2.6TB of Earth Observation Data in 170,000 files. These users were based in UK (64%), Europe (10%) and beyond, spanning universities (67%), government (15%) and other, including commercial, applications, across 15 research domains.



The JASMIN-CEMS data facility was awarded approx £7M capital funding from BIS e-infrastructure investment, enabling expansion to 12 TB online storage, 4000 processing cores, offline tape systems and development of a cloud environment. The expanded infrastructure will support users in EO and Climate Science to analyse and process environmental "Big Data" for a wide range of applications



Over 10 new EO datasets were added to the CEDA archives for use by NCEO and the wider science and environmental data user community



We worked closely with the UK Satellite Applications Catapult to deliver CEMS the facility for Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Space. Collaboration on CEMS will enable exploitation of NERC data for innovative applications in the commercial sector.
Exploitation Route The EO data and services we provide can be accessed by users across a range of disciplines and sectors to develop new services, information or tools for scientific or commercial applications in climate and environment. The EO data and services we provide can be accessed by users across a range of disciplines and sectors to develop new services, information or tools for scientific or commercial applications in climate and environment.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Environment

URL http://www.ceda.ac.uk/
 
Description Making NERC data available through NERC Data Centres Earth Observation and other relevant datasets in the NERC data centres operated by CEDA are made available to users worldwide. In the last year, 321 users downloaded 2.6TB of Earth Observation Data in 170,000 files. These users were based in UK (64%), Europe (10%) and beyond, spanning universities (67%), government (15%) and other, including commercial, applications, across 15 research domains.
Sector Environment,Other
Impact Types Societal

 
Description European LTDP Common Guidelines Issue 2.0
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
 
Description European Space Agency's Long Term Data Preservation Working Group
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
 
Description Member of ESA's LTDP Working Group
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
 
Description Natural Environment Research Council Information Strategy Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
Impact Dr Victoria Bennett is a member of the Natural Environment Research Council Information Strategy Group and has provided advice and guidance on the strategy for dealing with big data in the UK.
 
Description UK Collaborative Ground Segment Working Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description UK e-Infrastructure Working Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description CEMS Helpdesk
Amount £16,000 (GBP)
Organisation Research Complex at Harwell 
Department International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2012 
End 03/2013
 
Description CEMS Helpdesk
Amount £16,000 (GBP)
Organisation Research Complex at Harwell 
Department International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2012 
End 03/2013
 
Description CHARMe FP7 project
Amount £240,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 312641 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2013 
End 12/2014
 
Description CHARMe FP7 project
Amount £240,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 312641 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2012 
End 12/2014
 
Description EC CHARMe
Amount £240,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 312641 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2013 
End 12/2014
 
Description EC CHARMe
Amount £240,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 312641 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2013 
End 12/2014
 
Description EC GMES-PURE
Amount £96,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 312256 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description EC GMES-PURE
Amount £96,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 312256 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2013 
End 03/2015
 
Description EC SCIDIP-ES
Amount £821,678 (GBP)
Funding ID 283401 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description EC SCIDIP-ES
Amount £821,678 (GBP)
Funding ID 283401 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2011 
End 12/2014
 
Description ESA LTDP
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country France
Start 04/2009 
End 03/2013
 
Description ESA LTDP
Amount £419,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country France
Start 04/2010 
End 03/2014
 
Description ESA LTDP
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country France
Start 04/2009 
End 03/2013
 
Description ESA LTDP
Amount £419,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country France
Start  
 
Description ESA LTDP-Architecture
Amount £14,400 (GBP)
Organisation European Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country France
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2014
 
Description ESA LTDP-Architecture
Amount £14,400 (GBP)
Organisation European Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country France
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2014
 
Description GMES Pure
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 312256 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description GMES Pure
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 312256 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2014
 
Description MEDIN
Amount £9,600 (GBP)
Organisation Marine Environmental Data and Information Network 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description MEDIN
Amount £9,600 (GBP)
Organisation Marine Environmental Data and Information Network 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 03/2014
 
Description MEDIN metadata support
Amount £13,000 (GBP)
Organisation Marine Environmental Data and Information Network 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description MEDIN metadata support
Amount £13,000 (GBP)
Organisation Marine Environmental Data and Information Network 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2013
 
Description SCIDIP-ES FP7 project
Amount £146,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 283401 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description SCIDIP-ES FP7 project
Amount £146,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 283401 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2010 
End 03/2013
 
Description TSB HPFELD Project
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2013
 
Description CEDA 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council
Department Centre for Environmental Data Archival (CEDA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CEDA data centres
Start Year 2005
 
Description CEMS 
Organisation Satellite Applications Catapult
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Joint delivery of the facility of Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Space
Start Year 2013
 
Description CHARMe FP7 
Organisation CHARMe
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collaboration with University of Reading and other project partners on FP7 project CHARMe
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESA CCI 
Organisation European Space Agency
Department Harwell Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Work with ESA HArwell Climate Office on data standards for Climate Change Initiative Programme
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESA LTDP WG 
Organisation European Space Agency
Department ESA Long Term Data Preservation Working Group
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ESA Long Term Data Preservation Working Group
Start Year 2011
 
Description European Space Agency 
Organisation European Space Agency
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Data Standards for Climate Change Data
Start Year 2011
 
Description ISIC CEMS 
Organisation Research Complex at Harwell
Department International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Work with partners in ISIC to develop CEMS facility, for Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Satellites
Start Year 2011
 
Description SCIDIP FP7 
Organisation Rangelands Association of Kenya
Country Kenya 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Work with European partners, European Space Agency, Long Term Data Preservation Working Group
Start Year 2010
 
Description Presentation to DEFRA Staff : Introduction to EO and Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk in workshop day for Defra staff to learn more about EO, its uses, issues, etc

NCEO organised a day to educate Defra staff, I presented about EO data, its uses, applications, issues, costs, etc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013