CEDA aims to carry out projects that develop and enhance data and information services. This allows us to actively participate in emerging digital curation and informatics fields, and ultimately provide a better service for environmental science.

CEDA is presently involved in the following projects. 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Climate 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 web-server behind the MEDIN data discovery portal.

Completed Projects

CEDA was previoulsy involved in the following projects :

GMES - 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.

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 management 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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


EU Framework 7 programme logoOJIMS

The Overlay Journal Infrastructure for Meteorological Sciences. A JISC funded project to create an open access journal for meteorological data exploiting overlay journal mechanics.

ACRID bannerAdvanced Climate Research Infrastructure for Data (ACRID)

The JISC funded ACRID project, part of their 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.

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.

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.

BADC logo for MONSoonN projectMONSooN Overflow Environment

CEDA is helping the Met Office and NERC researchers to store and share 400TB of climate model output from the Met Office/NCAS MONSooN computing platform.

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.

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.

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.

CEDA is project managing PREPARED and providing technical input into the cross-linking, workflows and scientific review work packages. Find our more on the project's wiki page

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 jointly operated by CEDA and the Satellite Applications Catapult.

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.

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.


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.


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