Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 171–184, 2017

Special issue: Situational sea awareness technologies for maritime safety...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 171–184, 2017
Research article
13 Feb 2017
Research article | 13 Feb 2017

A multi-service data management platform for scientific oceanographic products

Alessandro D'Anca1, Laura Conte1, Paola Nassisi1, Cosimo Palazzo1, Rita Lecci2, Sergio Cretì2, Marco Mancini1, Alessandra Nuzzo1, Maria Mirto1, Gianandrea Mannarini2, Giovanni Coppini2, Sandro Fiore1, and Giovanni Aloisio3,4 Alessandro D'Anca et al.
  • 1Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Advanced Scientific Computing Division, via per Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
  • 2Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Ocean Predictions and Applications, via Augusto Imperatore 16, 73100 Lecce, Italy
  • 3Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Supercomputing Center, via per Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
  • 4University of Salento, Complesso Ecotekne, via per Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy

Abstract. An efficient, secure and interoperable data platform solution has been developed in the TESSA project to provide fast navigation and access to the data stored in the data archive, as well as a standard-based metadata management support. The platform mainly targets scientific users and the situational sea awareness high-level services such as the decision support systems (DSS). These datasets are accessible through the following three main components: the Data Access Service (DAS), the Metadata Service and the Complex Data Analysis Module (CDAM). The DAS allows access to data stored in the archive by providing interfaces for different protocols and services for downloading, variables selection, data subsetting or map generation. Metadata Service is the heart of the information system of the TESSA products and completes the overall infrastructure for data and metadata management. This component enables data search and discovery and addresses interoperability by exploiting widely adopted standards for geospatial data. Finally, the CDAM represents the back-end of the TESSA DSS by performing on-demand complex data analysis tasks.

Short summary
Updated situational sea awareness requires an advanced technological system to make data available for decision makers, improving the capacity of intervention and supporting users in managing emergency situations due to natural hazards. The TESSA data platform meets the request of near-real-time access to heterogeneous data with different accuracy, resolution or degrees of aggregation providing efficient and secure data access and strong support to operational oceanographic high-level services.
Final-revised paper