SAMD - Archive for Standardized Atmospheric Measurement Data
Central Europe is a region with one of the most comprehensive networks for cloud and precipitation observations worldwide. Unifying these observations to become an “easy-to-use” data set - establishing the infrastructure to store it and make it accessible to the climate community - is the goal of SAMD. Therefore widely scattered observational data have to be organised. These range from multivariate, long-term observations at dedicated super sites, through short-term area-wide remote sensing observations, to high resolution satellite data.
SAMD has established a structure of distributed data servers with a common web portal hosted by ICDC Hamburg as the global entry point. The central administration of these servers is based on a hierarchical data management system called Thematic Realtime Environmental Distributed Data Services (THREDDS) from Unidata, which is also used by the ESGF and the ARM program.