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Grid-enabled Spatial Data Infrastructure for environmental sciences: Challenges and opportunities


Duration: November 2010 - on-going

Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) are being widely used in the environmental sciences to share, discover, visualize and retrieve geospatial data through Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web services. However, SDIs have limited analytical capabilities, an essential task to turn data into understandable information. Geospatial data are typically processed on desktop computers, but their limited power limits the types of analyses that can be conducted given ever-increasing amounts of high resolution data. With the recently introduced Web Processing Service and the availability of large storage and computing facilities offered by Grid infrastructures, new opportunities are emerging within the environmental sciences communities. The enviroGRIDS project, funded by the European Commission “Seventh Framework Programme” (EU/FP7), will target these issues.

Data credit(s): Gregory Giuliani (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva), Anthony Lehmann (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva)

GRID unit: Environment Modelling and Geoprocessing

UNEP region: Global

UNEP priorities:  Climate Change, Ecosystems Management, Harmful Substances, Resource Efficiency, Disasters and Conflicts, Environmental Governance

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