What is CyberWay

This project will build a production system of systems integrating EarthCube building blocks, particularly BCube, CyberConnector, CHORDS, and GeoWS, to advance geosciences research through improved interoperability and integration across diverse polar science and atmospheric science research, methods, and resources.

Named CyberWay, the system is built through connecting Earth observations, polar science outcomes, and climate model outcomes via the EarthCube architecture. The system itself will also become an element of the EarthCube infrastructure.

Principle Investigator

Dr. Liping Di
Professor, Director
Center for Spatial Information Science & Systems of George Mason University

Co-Principle Investigators

Dr. James Kinter
Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) of George Mason University
Dr. David Bromwich
Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center of The Ohio State University
Dr. Eugene Yu
Center for Spatial Information Science & Systems of George Mason University

Scientific Use Cases

Integration of global and regional climate model outcomes for teleconnection studies across multiple disciplines
·Cross-discipline collaboration: Associate model outputs with Earth observations and reanalyses.
· Outputs from COLA models, Arctic regional models and reanalyses will be converted and made comparable through automatic composition of Web processing services to support on-demand re-projection, re-formatting, and/or re-scaling (temporally and spatially).
· Association analyses, e.g. the connection of Arctic changes to mid-latitude and tropical (e.g. El NiƱo) climate dynamics in order to understand the role of warm air mass circulations over the Arctic, will be facilitated.

Inter-comparison and validation across models
· Direct comparison of high-resolution global model outputs with EO
· CyberWay will facilitate re-projection, re-formatting, and/or re-scaling (spatially and temporally) to make EO and model outputs comparable.
· CyberWay allows the design and customization of workflows (both graphically and programmatically) and the automated execution of such workflows to make the comparison of model outputs and EO more efficient.

Streamlined process for models
· A composite workflow of Web processing services to realize the discovery, retrieval, pre-processing, and post-publication for ASR.
· The workflow execution is automated and controllable with self-timing clocks or triggers on data availability.
· The metadata generation with quality metadata for the workflows is automated.
Enhanced dissemination
· Crawl the tape archive and automate the workflow for metadata generation.
· Customized workflow for efficiently retrieving relevant data.
· Cache only variables about identified cyclones to reduce the dependency on slow mass storage systems.


Open Specifications
- ISO/TC 211 standards
- OGC specifications: CSW, WCS, WFS, WPS, SWE
Open Architectures
- Service-oriented architecture (SOA)
- Representational State Transfer (REST)
- Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
Service Composition
- Business Process Execution Language (BPEL)
- Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN)
- Support standard geospatial services
- Plug-in-and-play Mode
- Services free open access
- Common service interfaces
- Services easy to be reused
- Service-chain-based geo-model processing