__________________________________University of Reading (UK)_________________
The University of Reading is ranked as one of the UK's 10 most research intensive universities and one of the top 200 universities in the world, with a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. The University's research in environmental science is rated among the very highest in the UK , and in 2006 the University received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for exceptional contributions to Meteorology. The University enjoys very strong scientific and technical links with the UK Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting. The UK National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) is a collaboration of 26 universities and other research institutes and is coordinated from the University of Reading . The Reading e-Science Centre, formed in 2003, is an interdisciplinary group of scientists and technologists at the University that aims to apply modern computing techniques to environmental science. The ReSC is known internationally for its work in applying OGC-based techniques to problems of environmental data sharing and visualisation. Its open-source ncWMS software (an implementation of the Web Map Service protocol for multidimensional gridded data) is used by research groups, government agencies and private industry around the world.
Main tasks in Project_____________________________________________________
UREAD will lead WP5 (Quality Visualisation Components), providing particular experience with the Web Map Service protocol and the use of Google Earth for visualising multidimensional data. It will make significant contributions to WP3 (Quality elicitation), in which it will collaborate with AST in developing tools for eliciting quality information through data intercomparison. It will lead the application of the new technologies in the Climate pilot test case (ClimPC, WP7) and ensure that the outputs of the project are applied in NCEO.
Key project participants__________________________________________________________
Jon Blower is the Technical Director of the Reading e-Science Centre and a Senior Research Fellow at the University. He holds a degree (Cambridge) and PhD (Bristol) in Geological Sciences and worked in industry as a professional software engineer before joining Reading . He is the lead designer and developer of the ncWMS software and is very active in international efforts to apply OGC techniques to meteorological, oceanographic and climate data, particularly through the recently-formed OGC Met- Ocean Domain Working Group. He has significant experience of international collaboration through EU framework projects, having contributed to the MERSEA, ECOOP, MyOcean and GENESI-DR projects, and is the Principal Investigator on a number of UK projects connected with environmental informatics. Key role in the project: Manage UREAD's contributions and provide expert knowledge on WMS, multidimensional data and Google Earth.
Mr.Charles Roberts is a software developer at the University of Reading. He holds a degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Applied Meteorology and Climatology from the University of Birmingham. His main role is in developing extensions to the ncWMS styling capabilities that allow the visualisation of uncertainty in geospatial data. The goal of this is to better support data exploration and decision making when using environmental datasets.
Mr.Guy Griffiths is a member of the Reading eScience Centre. He has a background in computational polymer physics with a PhD from the University of Reading, and spent a number of years working as a software engineer in the navigational group of Thales - a multinational company working in the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets. In the Reading eScience Centre he works on developing visualisation and analysis applications for a number of projects, including GeoViQua, as well as being the primary developer on EDAL, the core data libraries used in ReSC.
Formerly participated the following people: Xiaoyu Yang (Kevin X. Yang)