Architecture of a Community Infrastructure for Predicting and Analyzing Coastal Inundation

Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) has promoted the SURA Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction (SCOOP) program as a multi-institution collaboration to design and prototype a modular, distributed system for real-time prediction and visualization of the coastal impacts from extreme climatic events, including hurricane inundation and waves. The SCOOP program envisions a community cyber-infrastructure enabling advances in environmental prediction and coastal hazard planning. The system architecture is a coordinated, distributed network of interoperable, modularized components that include numerical models, information catalogs, distributed archives, computing resources, and network infrastructure. The components are linked over the Internet by standardized web-service interfaces in a service-oriented architecture (SOA). This design philosophy allows geographically disparate partnering institutions to provide complementary data-provider and integration services. The overall system enables coordinated sharing of resources, tools, and ideas among a virtual community of coastal and computer scientists. The distributed design builds on the notion that standards enable innovation, and aims to leverage successes of the World Wide Web by creating an environment encouraging interaction between the researchers, the private sector, and government agencies working together on behalf of the nation.


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  • Accession Number: 01053710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2007 1:38PM