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A web service based tool to plan atmospheric research flights

Rautenhaus, Marc and Bauer, G. and Dörnbrack, Andreas (2012) A web service based tool to plan atmospheric research flights. Geoscientific Model Development, 5, pp. 55-71. Copernicus Publications. DOI: 10.5194/gmd-5-55-2012 ISSN 1991-959X


Official URL: http://www.geosci-model-dev.net/5/55/2012/


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.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/76907/
Document Type:Article
Title:A web service based tool to plan atmospheric research flights
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Rautenhaus, Marcdlr, ipaUNSPECIFIED
Dörnbrack, Andreasdlr, ipaUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Geoscientific Model Development
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.5194/gmd-5-55-2012
Page Range:pp. 55-71
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
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 (old)
DLR - Research area:Transport, Raumfahrt, Aeronautics
DLR - Program:V - no assignment, R EO - Erdbeobachtung, L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - no assignment, R - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung, L - Climate, Weather and Environment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Cloud Physics and Traffic Meteorology
Deposited By: Freund, Jana
Deposited On:03 Aug 2012 16:37
Last Modified:02 May 2019 14:13

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