Weather, climate and air quality


Group details

Pierre-Antoine Bretonnière, Francesco Benincasa
Secretariat Liaison: 
Timea Biro
TAB Liaison: 
Tobias Weigel

In a field where the amount and the data sources increase exponentially, it becomes critical to find efficient solutions at a community level to address problems such as storage, indexing, metadata, sharing, or analysis. The global objectives of this Interest Group will be to explore and discuss the challenges for management, efficient analysis and dissemination of large and diverse datasets generated by the weather, climate and air quality communities.

These communities follow one of the main ideas of data sharing of RDA as most of the datasets used are completely open and freely available. Most of the concepts and problems that this IG aims to address correspond to classic RDA issues (metadata, data standards, efficient sharing, etc...) but as these communities already have rules and policies structured in terms of standards and data portals, they need some advanced community specific solution to these issues.

These communities, which are not (yet) adequately represented in RDA, are one of the biggest data producers in terms of volumes stored (for example, the CMIP6 project is planned to generate 5PB of data and this is only one example of a project for one community), have a range of users well identified and, therefore, can bring an important added value to the work of the RDA community.

Recent Activity

12 Apr 2017

Weather, climate and air quality IG - Minutes and next steps

Dear all,
Thanks to all of you for participating to the interest group session
during Barcelona RDA P9.
You can find attached the presentations given during the session. They
are also available on the IG RDA web page:
If you want to keep following the discussion, you can join the group
from the RDA website.
As discussed during the session, here are the main outcomes, IG

31 Mar 2017

RDA P9 - Weather climate and air quality IG session

Hi all,
we're pleased to invite you to the session of the Interest Group on weather
climate and air quality to be held the 7th of April from 9:00 to 10:30 (Room
MR6) during the Barcelona RDA P9.
We invite you to read the program:
and the case statement, that you can find with additional information here: