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A web service based tool to plan atmospheric research flights

Rautenhaus, M. and Bauer, G. and Dörnbrack, A. (2012) A web service based tool to plan atmospheric research flights. Geoscientific Model Development, 5, pp. 55-71. DOI: 10.5194/gmd-5-55-2012.

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Abstract

We present a web service based tool for the planning of atmospheric research flights. The tool provides online access to horizontal maps and vertical cross-sections of numerical weather prediction data and in particular allows the interactive design of a flight route in direct relation to the predictions. It thereby fills a crucial gap in the set of currently available tools for using data from numerical atmospheric models for research flight planning. A distinct feature of the tool is its lightweight, web service based architecture, requiring only commodity hardware and a basic Internet connection for deployment. Access to visualisations of prediction data is achieved by using an extended version of the Open Geospatial ConsortiumWeb Map Service (WMS) standard, a technology that has gained increased attention in meteorology in recent years. With the WMS approach, we avoid the transfer of large forecast model output datasets while enabling on-demand generated visualisations of the predictions at campaign sites with limited Internet bandwidth. Usage of the Web Map Service standard also enables access to thirdparty sources of georeferenced data. We have implemented the software using the open-source programming language Python. In the present article, we describe the architecture of the tool. As an example application, we discuss a case study research flight planned for the scenario of the 2010 Eyjafjalla volcano eruption. Usage and implementation details are provided as Supplement.

Document Type:Article
Title:A web service based tool to plan atmospheric research flights
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Rautenhaus, M.UNSPECIFIED
Bauer, G.UNSPECIFIED
Dörnbrack, A.UNSPECIFIED
Date:2012
Journal or Publication Title:Geoscientific Model Development
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:5
DOI:10.5194/gmd-5-55-2012
Page Range:pp. 55-71
Status:Published
Keywords:atmospheric research flights, WMS, programming language Python
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport, Space, Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:other, Earth Observation, ATM and Operation
DLR - Research area:Transport, Raumfahrt, Aeronautics
DLR - Program:V - no assignement, R EO - Erdbeobachtung, L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):V -- no assignement, R - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung, L - Climate, Weather and Environment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Cloud Physics and Traffic Meteorology
Deposited By: Jana Freund
Deposited On:03 Aug 2012 16:37
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 21:44

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