Detail of CEDA Projects

This page contains further details for each of the projects CEDA is presently involved with as outlined on the Project page.

For further information please select the title to go to the relevant website or contact CEDA for more information.

CHARMe project logoCharacterisation of metadata to enable high-quality climate applications and services - CHARMe

CHARMe is a 2 year FP7 funded project aiming to link commentary metadata (e.g. annotations, supporting information about the data) and datasets. The project will deliver repositories of commentary metadata with interfaces for users to populate and interrogate the information. This will enable users to assess if the of climate data are fit for purpose.

CEDA is working with 8 other UK and European partners, and has key roles on the data model, software development, implementation in archives, and application to climate services.

Impact on CEDA work: The tools developed during the project help users assess the fitness-for-purpose of climate data held in CEDA archives and elsewhere.

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo
Start date:  January 2013 
End date:  December 2014
Collaborators: University of Reading; ASTRIUM (formerly Infoterra); DWD; ECMWF; KNMI; CGI 

contrail project logoContrail  - Open Computing Infrastructure for Elastic Services

Contrail is a three year FP7 funded project led by INRIA to develop a complete open source cloud computing platform.  This will include a solution for federating cloud providers enabling users to seamlessly integrate and scale application across multiple clouds.

CEDA is contributing expertise in federated identity management supporting STFC e-Science who are leading the security work package.

Impact on CEDA work: CEDA are re-using the software developed for the Contrail project by integrating it into the Earth System Grid Federation - a system used to distribute model output data from CMIP5, including the UK compoent generated by the Met Office Hadley Centre for which CEDA is the designated curator and distributor.  In addtition, security solutions developed by CEDA have been transferred directly into Contrail and from there to other projects such as the European Data Infrastructor project: EUDAT.

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo 
Start date: October 2010
End date: October 2013 
Collaborators: CNR; Constellation Technologies; Genias Benelux; HP-Italy Innovation Centre; INRIA; Linagora; Tiscali Italy; VUA; XLAB Industries; Zuse-Institut Berlin

IS-ENES logoInfraStructure for the European Network for Earth System Modelling - Phase 2 (IS-ENES II)

IS-ENES II is a FP7-Project, funded by the European Commission under the Capacities Programme, Integrating Activities following on from the IS-ENES project. IS-ENES2 further integrates the European climate modelling community, stimulates common developments of software for models and their environments, fosters the execution and exploitation of high-end simulations and supports the dissemination of model results to the climate research and impact communities.

CEDA leads the “Developing software infrastructure for data archive services” work package, co-leads the “ENES Climate Data Services” work package, and is involved in networking activities, particularly those associated with development of the Common Information Model for model documentation.

Impact on CEDA work: This project supports CEDA's participation in the Earth System Grid Federation ( which brings climate model data from around the world to the UK, especially the CMIP5 ( and CORDEX ( archives. 

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo 
Start date:  April 2013
End date: March 2017 


The PIMMS project aims to deploy a system for documenting the provenance of computer simulations of real world earth system processes, by extending the prototype infrastructure developed by METAFOR, into departments at the University of Bristol and the University of Reading. In addition, its ultimate goal is to implemented the PIMMS system across multiple institutions and extended to support to other scientific domains.

Impact on CEDA work: PIMMS provides infrastructure to collect metadata about simulation data holdings at CEDA. 

Funder:  JISC Logo
Start date:  October - 2011
End date: May-2013 
University of Reading, University of Bristol, STFC, Barjat Consulting

OpenAIRE logoOpen Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe(OpenAIRE)

OpenAIRE, an EC wide project, aims to develop open access infrastructure and services to capture and open up access to FP7 research publications. This will be enhanced through OpenAIREplus to include linking publications with datasets, enriching the information space and establishing connections with other infrastructures and services of various forms in combination with research publications.

Impact on CEDA work: By engagement with OpenAIREplus CEDA remains involved with data and publication linking activities taking place within Europe, as well as input into EU guidance on the publication of data.

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo 
Start date:  Dec-2011
End date:  May-2014
Collaborators:  EBI-EMBL; DANS


The European Facility for Airborne Research (EUFAR) aims at coordinating the operations of the European fleet of instrumented aircraft in the field of environmental research in the atmospheric, marine, terrestrial and Earth sciences.

Impact on CEDA work: This project has expanded CEDA's archive role for NERC's airborne research datafrom the FAAM BAe-146 and NERC-ARSF Dornier aircrafts to include data from other European research aircraft. CEDA has been instrumental in the defining and subsequent acceptance and uptake of format and metadata standards within the European airborne research community.

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo 
Start date:  October 2008
End date: September 2013 

UK Climate Projections User Interface logoUK Climate Projections User Interface

CEDA developed, maintains and manages the UK Climate Projections User Interface and Data Services (UKCP09 UI) on behalf of the Environment Agency. The UI supports a large user community (over 7,500) and provides access to datasets, customised image products and an off-line Weather Generator model.

Impact on CEDA work:

Funder:  ; Environment Agency
Start date: February 2007 
End date: ongoing 
Collaborators:  Met Office Hadley Centre; Newcastle University; University of East Anglia

SCIDIP-ES project logoSCIence Data Infrastructure for Preservation with focus on Earth Science (SCidip-ES)

SCidip-ES aims to deliver generic infrastructure services within a European Framework for the long term preservation of Earth Science (ES) data through the definition of common preservation policies, the harmonization of metadata and semantics and the deployment of the generic infrastructure services in the Earth Science domain.

Impact on CEDA work: This project complements the work CEDA is undertaking as part of the LTDP project

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo 
Start date: September 2011
End date: August 2014 

Valor logoAssessing the Value of Monitoring the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation

The RAPID array is an ocean observation array at 26.5°N in the Atlantic. This RAPID-WATCH project is dedicated to assessing the value of the RAPID array observations for predictions of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and its impacts on climate.

Members of the project and those interested in the technical detail may want to visit the project wiki.

CEDA played a coordination role through this project, providing project resources and assistance in model set-ups

Impact on CEDA work: CEDA staff have maintained ongoing science involvement through engagement with collaborators in this project. 

Funder: NERC Logo 
Start date:  April 2009
End date: May 2013 
Collaborators: University of Reading; National Oceanography Centre, Southampton; ECMWF; Met Office Hadley Centre

NERC LogoNERC Data Catalogue Service

CEDA is responsible for the web-service behind NERC's Data Catalogue Service (DCS), harvesting metadata catalogues from NERCs designated data centres and collating them into one data discovery service.

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ESA LTDP project logoESA Long-Term Data Preservation (LTDP)

CEDA is supporting the European Space Agency (ESA) in its programme for Long-Term Data Preservation (LTDP), providing high level consultancy support and technical expertise to activities associated with European LTDP implementation and framework coordination.

CEDA co-ordinates this project providing expertise on systems technologies, methodologies and approaches which  support post mission exploitation of earth observation data.

Impact on CEDA work: The reference materials developed witin the LTDP project ( guidelines and technology surveys) will be furhter utilised by CEDA in improving the long term preservation of CEDA archive, metadata, software and grey-literature holdings. CEDA are also developing techniques such as risk analysis, preservation process and state models which can be leveraged for CEDA archive preservation purposes.  These techniques will be applied based on the findings from CEDA archive audits which will be run in parallel with LTDP activities.

Start date: December 2009
End date: December 2013 
STFC Computer Science Department

EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logoClimate Information Portal for Copernicus (CLIPC)

The CLIPC platform will complement exitsting GMES/Copernicus pre-operational components by providing access on decadal to centennial climate variability data to a wide variety of users. The data will include satellite and in-situ observations, climate models and re-analyses, transformed data products to enable impacts assessments and climate change impact indicators. Supporting data quality and related information will also be made available.

CEDA is leading the project, coordinating a consortium of 22 partners, and leads the access to climate data work package. This work package will provide the software infrastructure to a create a single point of access for climate model data from various sources: climate model data, in situ and satellite observations, and re-analyses.

Impact on CEDA work: The project will contribute to the integration of climate model and Earth observation datasets into a homogeneous data access and service framework. It will enhance CEDA's ability to run services which are interoperable with ESA data archives by supporting work on harmonisation of security infrastructures and data access protocols. 

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo 
Start date: January 2014 (preparation work currently taking place)
End date: December 2016 

Peer REview for Publication & Accreditation of Research Data in the Earth sciences (PREPARDE)

PREPARDE is a UK JISC funded international project that brings together a wide range of experts in research, academic publishing and data management to produce data publication guidelines applicable across a range of research disciplines and data types. The project plans to capture the processes and procedures required to publish a research dataset - ranging from ingestion into a data repository to formal publication in a data journal.

The PREPARED project is part of the JISC Managing Research Data programme.

CEDA is project managing PREPARED and providing technical input into the cross-linking, workflows and scientific review work packages. These work pages focus on what is needed for data publication, as well as identifying  requirements for a repository to be considered trustworthy. Find our more on the project's wiki page

Impact on CEDA work: CEDA will develop methods for cross-linking data with publishers that will open up avenues to obtain cross-linking between CEDA archive holdings and published articles.

Funder: JISC logo 
Start date:  July 2012
End date: July 2013 
Collaborators: University of Leicester; Wiley-Blackwell; California Digital Library; NCAR; F1000; Digial Curation Centre

ESPAS Logo ESPAS - Near-Earth Space Data Infrastructure for e-Science

The ESPAS project aims to provide e-infrastructure necessary to support the access to observations, modelling and prediction of the Near-Earth Space environment – which includes the plasma and energetic particle environments that surround our planet and the neutral atmosphere above 60 km. These environments are an important target for future research in areas such as space weather and Sun-climate studies. 

CEDA's role in this project is to lead the interoperability work package and to deploy and host the final infrastructure.

Impact on CEDA work: CEDA's UKSSDC will gain improved infrastructure to support Near-Earth space data research.

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo 
Start date: November 2011
End date: May 2014 

Agricultural & UK Greenhouse Gas Platform logoAgricultural Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research Platform

CEDA is leading a Data Modelling activity for developing an archive and metadata system for the Defra-funded Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research Platform. We are developing a formal data model for the storage and documentation of the experimental, survey and model based data collated by the scientific community. This work is funded from 2011 - 2014.

Impact on CEDA work: Involvement in the project has aided CEDA’s understanding of metadata models and how to deploy them operationally. This has fed into the development of our own CEDA MOLES catalogue service.

Funder: DEFRA logo 
Start date: January 2011
End date: March 2014 
Collaborators:  Principally: SRUC; ADAS; others listed on project website 

EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logoGMES - Partnership for User Requirement Evaluation (GMES-PURE)

This 2 year, EU FP7 funded project aims to capture the emerging long-term user requirements of the Copernicus Marine and Atmosphere Services services for space observation infrastructure.

CEDA contributes key expertise and lead in atmosphere application areas, focusing on trace gas & aerosol products. CEDA also leads activities on atmosphere user requirements, and contributes to assessing the space-based service user requirements. It also supports the subsequent work on service specifications, service data requirements and technical requirements.

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Funder:  EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo
Start date: January 2013
End date: December 2015 
Collaborators: EUMETSAT, Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), EuroGOOS


Seadata net logoSeaDataNet2

As the follow-on project from the SeaDataNet Project, which developed an efficient distributed Marine Data Management Infrastructure for the management of large and diverse sets, CEDA is contributing expertise with INSPIRE and ISO/OGC standards to enable the SeaDataNet infrastructure to become compliant and interoperable with wider initiatives.

CEDA's involvement in SeaDataNet comes as a result of our links with the INSPIRE project and also with the BADC sister organisation BODC (British Oceanographic Data Centre). CEDA's role in SeaDataNet2 is as a sub-contractor to BODC, providing advice and guidance on the implementation and use of standards within the SeaDataNet project, particularly standards relating to the development of INSPIRE discovery, view and download services. CEDA have a staff member  on the SeaDataNet Technical Task Group – a group which addresses all the technical and development issues in the SeaDataNet infrastructure.

Impact on CEDA work: The work that CEDA staff are engaged with in this project will continue to enhance the skills and development of data modelling and implementation for INSPIRE compliant metadata services used by environnmental data archives such as CEDA.

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo 
Start date:  November 2011
End date: September 2015 

MEDIN LogoMarine Environment Data and Information Network (MEDIN)

MEDIN is a partnership of UK organisations committed to improving access to marine data with partners from both the public and private sector.

CEDA is responsible for running the MEDIN Discovery Web Service (DWS) -this receives queries from the MEDIN Data Discovery portal (located at BODC), submits these to the MEDIN metadata catalogue and returns a response to the portal.  CEDA populates this catalogue with metadata harvested from the various MEDIN Data Archive Centres (DACS). In addition to this, CEDA also provides a service by which MEDIN can submits its data holdings to to held MEDIN meet its obligations to the EU INSPIRE directive. CEDA interacts with the various MEDIN DAC’s to ensure that their metadata is harvested and ingested into the catalogue in a timely manner.

Impact on CEDA work: CEDA’s development work on the MEDIN DWS as well as running the DWS, metadata harvest and catalogue ingest have given CEDA the basis to gain experience of running operational services for external entities and provide metadata solutions to these entities.

Funder: MEDIN Logo
Start date: 2010
End date: ongoing 
Collaborators: MEDIN; BODC; Geodata Southampton

BADC logo for MIRP projectModels and Impact Relevant Prediction (MIRP)

This project exploits the BADC's position as one of three global repositories for model intercomparison data to facilitate information and data flow between the earth system modelling community and the impacts and adaptation communities.

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Completed Projects

CEDA was previoulsy involved in the following projects :

ESA LTDP project logoJASMIN “super-data-cluster" Set-up project

The JASMIN “super-data-cluster” was initial set up in 2012 to support the data analysis requirements of the UK and European climate and earth system modelling community. It consists of multi-Petabyte fast storage co-located with data analysis computing facilities, with satellite installations at Reading, Leeds and Bristol Universities.

Impact on CEDA work: the JASMIN infrastructure together with CENS, has radically changed the services that CEDA can offer enabling us to provide hosted processing and storage for users alongside access to our data archive. Please see the JASMIN page for further details.

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InfraStructure for the European Network for Earth System Modelling (IS-ENES) is an FP7-Project, funded by the European Commission under the Capacities Programme, Integrating Activities. IS-ENES has started on March 2009 and will finish on February 2013.

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mashmydata logomashmydata

Environmental data mashups

MashMyData was a NERC-sponsored Technology Proof of Concept project to demonstrate the intercomparison of environmental datasets on the web and ran from 1st February 2010 to 30th June 2011.  This project was a partnership between the Reading e-Science Centre and CEDA.

Impact on CEDA work: As part of this project CEDA developed a new security system to address a particular issues that came to the fore in this project: that of user delegation – the ability to allow a user to delegate access to data to another service using their access rights.  The project's solution to this problem has been successfully developed further and deployed as part of the IS-ENES project within the Climate Impacts Portal.

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EU Framework 7 programme logoOverlay Journal Infrastructure for Meteorological Sciences - OJIMS

The OJIMS project, funded within the JISC Managing Research Data programme, sought to create an open access journal for meteorological data exploiting overlay journal mechanics.

During this project CEDA provided project management and technical support and deployed the CEDA Document Repository as well as producing overlay journal infrastructure.

Impact on CEDA work: The project led directly to the CEDA document repository being established and developed the infrastructure for publishing data using overlay journals.

Funder: JISC logo
Start date: March 2007
End date: August 2010 
Collaborators: University of Leeds; Royal Meteorological Society

ACRID bannerAdvanced Climate Research Infrastructure for Data (ACRID)

The JISC funded ACRID project, part of the JISC Managing Research Data programme, aimed to implement a linked-data approach for sharing some example climate datasets, thus developing the necessary architecture, infrastructure and tools that might be implemented more widely within the climate science community. It demonstrated how to improve climate science community dataset publication through data provenance, improved recreation of data despite source age and linking precise version of used data used to citations.

CEDA provided access to the climate datasets used as case studies in the project, as well as providing project management support.

Impact on CEDA work: Through engaging with this project CEDA saw the development of a linked data service for the datasets used in the project, including those archived by CEDA.

Funder: JISC logo
Start date: August 2010 
End date: July 2011 
Collaborators: University of East Anglia; Met Office

NDG logoNERC Data Grid (NDG)

A consortium project within NERC which developed various components that are instrumental to the running of NERC's Data Discovery Service. The NDG project resulted in the development of the Climate Science Modelling Language, "Vocab Editor" and various discovery web-services such as the DDS and MEDIN.

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ISIC logoCEMS – facility for Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Space

CEDA is one of four core partners in CEMS, the facility for Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Space. The CEMS system was initially set up as part of the the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) at Harwell in 2012, becoming a national centre for space-based Climate Change and Earth observation data and services. The system is now part of the Space Application Catapult centre.

Impact on CEDA work: the CEMS infrastructure together with JASMIN, has radically changed the services that CEDA can offer enabling us to provide hosted processing and storage for users alongside access to our data archive. Please see the CEMS page for further details.

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HPFELD LogoHosted Processing Facility for the Exploitation of Large Datasets (HPFELD)

HPFELD was a collaborative project, involving STFC, Magellium and Terradue, aiming to demonstrate means to make the processing of very large datasets much easier for users. 

CEDA provide software and data services to the industry partners.

Impact on CEDA work: As part of the HPFELD project CEDA developed a new search service based on OpenSearch, enabling third party organisation to perform searches based on geo-temporal coverage through a simple, intuitive interface. This was enabled through the development of a File - Attribute Catalogue (FAtCat), which will be further utilised to collate information accross the CEDA archive for use in other services. In addition, this project was a demonstrator of the CEMS environment jointly from academic and commercial persepectives.

Funder:  TSB logo
Start date:  March 2012
End date:  February 2013
Magellium; Terradue

INSPIRE logoINSPIRE - Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community

The INSPIRE directive aims to create a European Union (EU) spatial data infrastructure to enable the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organisations and better facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe. CEDA staff members had the responsibly for editing several data specifications within INSPIRE relating to the Met-Ocean environment.

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Metadata for Climate - Metafor

A European Union Framework Seven funded "Metadata for Climate" project to develop a Common Information Model (CIM) to describe climate data and the models that produce the data in a standard way, and to ensure the wide adoption of the CIM.

CEDA prodived project management in addition to the support and development of the CIM and the Metafor portal.

Impact on CEDA work: The Metafor project provided the structure for CMIP5 metadata collected by CEDA and perner organisations within the CMIP5 project. It also supported CEDA's overall role within the ESG Federation.

Funder: EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7) logo 
Start date: March 2008
End date: September 2011 
Collaborators: University of Readng; CERFACS; MPG; CNRS; University of Manchester; Met Office; Administratia Nationala de Meteorologie R.A.; Meteo-France; Climpact SAS; Trustees of Princeton Universtity; University of Cantabria


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