Earth Science Informatics

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 219–234 | Cite as

A stakeholder consultation into hydro-meteorological e-science environments

  • Quillon HarphamEmail author
  • Olalla Gimeno
  • Antonio Parodi
  • Daniele D’Agostino
Research Article


The purpose of this paper is to report on and analyse an international consultation into hydro-meteorological e-Science environments with the objective of identifying key functions and features together with exploring show-stopping issues and organisational structure. Transatlantic experiences were compared and contrasted. Including strong participation from both Europe and the USA with high quality responses from experienced practitioners, the consultation was undertaken as part of a joint initiative and took the form of an online questionnaire supported by a set of stakeholder interviews and other discussions. Topics included were functions and features such as provision of numerical models and data, usability, and ease of access; show-stopping issues such as flexibility, reliability and longevity; centralised and distributed structures, and funding models. The results demonstrated a broadly similar set of experiences and implied a future as an evolution of that which exists today. The consultation exercise ran alongside the development of the DRIHM e-Infrastructure which had, in itself, already benefitted from the prior DRIHMS consultation. Results were fed in to the development process at appropriate intervals allowing the consultation to shape the resultant services.


Hydro-meteorology E-science ICT infrastructure Standards Stakeholder consultation 



Berkeley Software Distribution


Community Earth System Model project


Climate and Forecasting


Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System


Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Science Incorporated


CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System


Distributed Research Infrastructure for Hydro-Meteorology


Distributed Research Infrastructure for Hydro-Meteorology Study


Distributed Research Infrastructure for Hydro-Meteorology to the USA


Earth System Modelling Framework


European Coastal Operational Oceanography Project


Environmental Protection Agency


Flood Early Warning System


Framework for Risk Analysis of Multi-Media Environmental Systems


Graphical User Interface


Grid and cloud User Support Environment


Hydro-Meteorological Research


Information and Communication Technology


Lesser General Public License


Memorandum of Understanding


Network Common Data Form


Numerical Weather Prediction


Open Geospatial Consortium


Open Modelling Interface


SHaring Interoperable Workflows for large-scale scientific simulations on Available DCIs


Service Level Agreement


Software Development Kit


Water Markup Language


World Meteorological Organization



The project team would like to acknowledge the time taken by all respondents in providing their feedback to the consultation process and the permission given for summary results and supporting comments to be included in project outputs.

This research was co-funded by the European Commission (EC) 7th Framework Programme DRIHM2US Project, Grant Number 313122. The author would like to acknowledge the contributions of the European Commission and the project team, in particular, the group at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Muenchen for their production of the report “Report on an Assessment of Options for Organizational Setup” and the team at Deltares for leading the work package including this consultation.

The DRIHM2US project is paired with the SCIHM project in the USA, funded by the NSF. As such, the authors would like to acknowledge the contributions of our partner organisations from this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HR WallingfordOxfordshireUK
  2. 2.CIMA Research FoundationGenoaItaly
  3. 3.CNR – Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information TechnologiesGenoaItaly

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