The following grid-based initiatives illustrate the broad applicability of and growing demand for distributed geospatial computing resources.
The Cyberinfrastructure for Civil Protection Operative Procedures project (www.cyclops-project.eu) brings together Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), a major European space initiative, and grid computing with a focus on the needs of European civil protection. CYCLOPS will use the EU grid infrastructure built by the Enabling Grids for E-SciencE project.
The Global Earth Observation Grid project (www.geogrid.org) at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology also applies grid technology to global Earth observation. GEO Grid integrates satellite imagery, geological data, and terrestrial sensor data to monitor and respond to disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, and flooding.
GEOSS The Global Earth Observation System of Systems(www.earthobservations.org/) is an activity of Group on Earth Observations, a partnership of 124 governments and international organizations. GEOSS aims to enable continuous monitoring of the Earth and provide access by researchers to a vast shared set of information resources. The Open Geospatial Consortium has led a series of GEOSS interoperability demonstrations at IEEE and International Society for Photogrammetry
and Remote Sensing meetings. OGC also leads a GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot involving more than 120 organizations (www.ogcnetwork.net/ aipilot).
Reference : ieee.org, http://my.arch.ethz.ch
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