Data provision with WCS/WCPS

Anticipation and preparedness of large-scale flood events play a key role in mitigating their impacts and optimizing the strategic planning of water resources. Although a lot of countries have well-established systems for river monitoring and early flood warning, an increasing number of inhabitants is affected by floods every year. The Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) has been set up providing an overview on upcoming floodings in large world river basins.

Web Coverage Service for meteorological data - Experiences from the EarthServer-2 project

    Implementers from Member States have to make their data conformant to INSPIRE before 2020, for data sets in the scope of Annexes II and III of the Directive. This comprises the Elevation and Orthoimagery themes, for which data has to be mainly provided using the raster spatial representation type, but also other themes which are also allowing it as an option.

Web Coverage Service - A missing peace for Copernicus?

Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship programme on monitoring the Earth’s environment using satellite and in-situ observations aiming to deliver operational data and information services on a range of topical areas. Based upon these baseline services, many other value-added products can be tailored to more specific public, commercial needs or domain sectors. Copernicus will also address policy objectives, bringing an essential contribution to the 7th EU Environment Action Programme, which was recently agreed with the aim of “living well, within the limits of our planet”.

EarthServer - Opportunities and challenges of serving ECMWF's peta-sized archive through OGC web services

ECMWF is partner of the EU-funded (Horizon2020) EarthServer-2 project and is setting up a web service that facilitates  climate  data  access,  exploration,  analysis  and  visualisation  based  on  Open  Geospatial  Consortium (OGC) standards. By doing this, ECMWF data shall become easier accessible to researchers and decision-makers of the MetOcean and GIS community.

Remote Sensing Data Analytics for Planetary Science with PlanetServer/EarthServer

PlanetServer,  the  Planetary  Science  Data  Service  of  the  EC-funded  EarthServer-2  project  (#654367)  tackles the planetary Big Data analytics problem with an array database approach (Baumann et al., 2014). It is developed to  serve  a  large  amount  of  calibrated,  map-projected  planetary  data  online,  mainly  through  Open  Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS) (e.g. Rossi et al., 2014; Oosthoek et al., 2013; Cantini et al., 2014).

PlanetServer/EarthServer: planetary data exploration and exploitation througharray databases

PlanetServer, the Planetary Service of the recently completed EC FP7 e-infrastructure project EarthServer ( (Rossi et al, 2014; Baumann et al., 2015) is a state-of-art online data exploration and analysis system based on the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. It concentrates on Mars imagery and hyperspectral (MRO CRISM) data (Oosthoek et al., 2014) and also comprises subsurface sounding data from MEX MARSIS (Cantini et al., 2014).