The aim is to systematically store the data gathered by all the meteorological stations into a central database so that they can be queried by managers and researchers.
It is necessary to gather the raw data from the meteo-stations in order to simulate climatic behaviour spatially or to develop certain works of ecological analysis on a specific area of an ecosystem.
Method and effort
The integration of the raw data provided by the different meteorological stations and agencies involved the following phases:
- Definition of the structure of the stored database.
- Setting up the data-transfer system.
- Programming of the workflow that automatically processes and stores the raw data. In addition, this workkflow validates the data, filtering them according to the ranges of values and classifying them according to their quality.
- Development of a querying procedure via web interface.
The climate data management system of the Sierra Nevada Global-Change Observatory is currently being redesigned.
The raw climatic data are supplied with a minimum periodicity of one day in the case of the multiparametric stations of the OAPN (Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales) and a maximum of one month in the case of the stations of the subsystem CLIMA (Subsistema de Información de Climatología Ambiental) of REDIAM (Red de Información Ambiental de Andalucía).
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