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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2(3), 553-576; doi:10.3390/ijgi2030553

Multi-Source Data Processing Middleware for Land Monitoring within a Web-Based Spatial Data Infrastructure for Siberia

Department for Earth Observation, Institute for Geography, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Loebdergraben 32, 07743 Jena, Germany
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Received: 29 April 2013 / Revised: 27 May 2013 / Accepted: 14 June 2013 / Published: 26 June 2013
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Abstract

Land monitoring is a key issue in Earth system sciences to study environmental changes. To generate knowledge about change, e.g., to decrease uncertaincy in the results and build confidence in land change monitoring, multiple information sources are needed. Earth observation (EO) satellites and in situ measurements are available for operational monitoring of the land surface. As the availability of well-prepared geospatial time-series data for environmental research is limited, user-dependent processing steps with respect to the data source and formats pose additional challenges. In most cases, it is possible to support science with spatial data infrastructures (SDI) and services to provide such data in a processed format. A data processing middleware is proposed as a technical solution to improve interdisciplinary research using multi-source time-series data and standardized data acquisition, pre-processing, updating and analyses. This solution is being implemented within the Siberian Earth System Science Cluster (SIB-ESS-C), which combines various sources of EO data, climate data and analytical tools. The development of this SDI is based on the definition of automated and on-demand tools for data searching, ordering and processing, implemented along with standard-compliant web services. These tools, consisting of a user-friendly download, analysis and interpretation infrastructure, are available within SIB-ESS-C for operational use. View Full-Text
Keywords: middleware; land monitoring; web portal; MODIS; climate data; data integration; time-series data; standard-compliant data provision middleware; land monitoring; web portal; MODIS; climate data; data integration; time-series data; standard-compliant data provision
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Eberle, J.; Clausnitzer, S.; Hüttich, C.; Schmullius, C. Multi-Source Data Processing Middleware for Land Monitoring within a Web-Based Spatial Data Infrastructure for Siberia. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2, 553-576.

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