What is CyberConnector

This project developes an EarthCube building block, called CyberConnector, for facilitating the automatic preparation and feeding of both historic and near-real time Earth Observation customized data and on-demand derived products into Earth science models.

It will automatically process the EO data into the right products in the right form needed for ESM initialization, validation, and inter-comparison. It can support many different ESMs through its standard interfaces under a unified framework.

CyberConnector can also automatically serve the model outputs in interoperable forms through standard data services to facilitate rapid inter-model comparison. It bridges the sensors and earth science models through standard interfaces, such as Web Processing Service, Sensor Planning Service, and Catalogue Service for the Web.

The system is to be demonstrated with actual earth science models: the Cloud-Resolving Model (CRM), the Community Multi-scale Air Quality Model (CMAQ), and the Finite Volume Coastal Ocean Model. The final platform are to be deployed and maintained for operational ingestion, discovery, access, and present geospatial models, data, and information

Principle Investigator

Dr. Liping Di
Professor, Director
Center for Spatial Information Science & Systems

Co-Principle Investigators

Dr. Ben Domenico
Development and Outreach Manager Unidata
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Dr. Haosheng Huang
Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science
Louisiana State University
Dr. Daniel Tong
Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems
George Mason University
Dr. Xiaoqing Wu
Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Iowa State University

Domains and exemplar ESMs

Community Multi-scale Air Quality Model
· open-source community-developed model for air    quality simulations.
· estimates of ozone, particulates, toxics, acid, etc.

Finite-Volume Coastal Ocean Model (FVCOM)
· a prognostic, unstructured-grid, finite-volume, free-surface, three-dimensional primitive equation coastal ocean circulation model

Cloud-Resolving Models (CRM)
· simulate the response of convection and clouds to the large-scale forcing
· resolve the cloud-scale dynamical circulations
· improving the process-level understanding of cloud-related processes and their representation in general circulation models (GCMs)


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