85th AMS Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 11 January 2005: 4:45 PM
The Meteorological Service of Canadaís Solar Radiation Data Processing System
Tara H. Sopoco, MSC, Downsview, ON, Canada; and L. D. Boudreau
The recently developed processing system for solar radiation data for the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) is a comprehensive system built for data and metadata collection and storage, automatic processing and interactive Internet-based QA/QC. It is scheduled to complete integration and testing in 2004 and will be fully operational early in 2005. This innovative approach to solar radiation data management was developed in anticipation of a move to near real-time data transfer from the Reference Climate Station (RCS) network, which is slated to be fully deployed in 2006. As well, this processing system is a significant step towards achieving the goals of MSCís Data Management Framework (DMF). The new solar processing system, like the DMF, focuses on automatic, real-time or near real-time processing and quality control, maintaining data history, data accessibility and one source for an MSC data value. A powerful graphical user interface (GUI) is incorporated to facilitate manual intervention where necessary. The GUI is Internet-based, making use of the latest advances in Flash programming and Cold Fusion. The power and portability of the interactive QC tool is a model for how other networks interfaced to the DMF may implement interactive QC components.

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