Special Issue

Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 69, Issue 2, pp 507-521

TEODOOR: a distributed geodata infrastructure for terrestrial observation data

  • Ralf KunkelAffiliated withResearch Centre Jülich, Institute for Bio and Geosciences-Agrosphere (IBG-3) Email author 
  • , Jürgen SorgAffiliated withResearch Centre Jülich, Institute for Bio and Geosciences-Agrosphere (IBG-3)
  • , Robert EckardtAffiliated withDepartment of Environmental Informatics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
  • , Olaf KolditzAffiliated withDepartment of Environmental Informatics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
  • , Karsten RinkAffiliated withDepartment of Environmental Informatics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
  • , Harry VereeckenAffiliated withResearch Centre Jülich, Institute for Bio and Geosciences-Agrosphere (IBG-3)

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Abstract

Within the TERENO initiative, four terrestrial observatories, collecting huge amounts of environmental data, are being set up since 2008. To manage, describe, exchange and publish these data, the distributed Spatial Data Infrastructure TEODOOR (http://​www.​tereno.​net) was created. Each institution responsible for an individual observatory sets up its own local data infrastructure, which may communicate with each other to exchange data and metadata internally or to the public by OGC compliant Web services. The TEODOOR data portal serves as a database node to provide scientists and decision makers with reliable and well-accessible data and data products. Various tools like hierarchical search or Web-GIS functions allow a deeper insight into the different observatories, test sites and sensor networks. Sensor data can be queried and selected for measured parameters, stations and/or time periods, and can be visualized and downloaded according to a shared TERENO data policy. Currently, TEODOOR provides free access to data from more than 500 monitoring stations.

Keywords

Terrestrial observatories Monitoring Sensor web Spatial data infrastructure OGC web services