CIPS

CIPS-CENTRAL INFORMATION & PROCESSING SYSTEM

Running a modern national meteorological service implies collecting, processing and archiving an immeasurable quantity of data coming from various information systems in the fields of observation, telecommunication, forecasting, climatology and services to end-users.

Purpose

To store, make available, secure all meteorological data and run Numerical Weather Prediction models.

User

  • Set up and manage a reference data base for the whole country
  • Integrate and archive all type of meteorological information data according to specific data policies
  • Be an active player in the implementation of WMO Information System (WIS)
  • Offer an easy access to all data
  • Improve the reactivity of the National Met Service, particularly in case of severe event driven request from end-user
  • Provide high processing capacities
  • Strengthen a tied cooperation with regions, universities, and other research partners
  • Simplify your work by automating operational tasks

Benefits

  • CIPS can be implemented in a step-by-step approach according to your priorities, your strategy and your constraints. Storage and computing capacities can easily be extended and the system can come with or without a HPC (High Performance Computing).
  • CIPS Define, test, schedule, operate and monitore locally Numerical Weather Prediction models
  • CIPS can easily be connected and interfaced with all other MFI's information systems (Transmet, Synergie, Clisys or MeteoFactory®), allowing you to build a state-of-the-art integrated and interconnected meteorological ecosystem.
  • Prepare appropriate data flow for national/regional dissemination. choosing CIPS will allow you playing an active role in WMO WIS program and even apply for DCPC or GISC status.

Advantages

  • CIPS relies on concepts, state-of-theart technologies, and software solutions used daily by Météo-France. The system is compliant with WMO standards and exchange with other met sub-systems (AM SS,...)
  • CIPS gives access to High Power Computing allowing to run daily a Numerical Weather Prediction model.
  • CIPS can be implemented by a step by step approach according to priorities, strategy, and constraints of the National Met Service.
  • CIPS is a modular system that can be adated to the size and needs of each National Met Service

Main Functions

Play an active role in WMO WIS program

CIPS is compliant with WMO Information System (WIS):

  • CIPS Access Layer (CAL) follows WIS specifications en terms of data and metadata management.
  • Catalogues generated by CIPS are compliant with WMO XML core specification
  • CIPS met data and products are available for WMO WIS community.
  • Possible application to GISC status (Global Information System Center)
Controled data
  • Quality controls activated by CIPS to verify conformity of processed data
  • Quality controls preformed locally and in real time
  • Combination of various elmentary quality controls

Secure and customized archiving facility

  • Standby system for increased security
  • Automatic system
  • 5 archiving categories: - Observation, - NWP models, - Images, - On time forecasts, - Binary meteorological objects
  • Storage of relevant meteorological data to be able to restaure and replay past data
  • « Hot Stand by» mode between operational and stored data allowing high availability of data in case of system failure

An easy access to all data

  • Easy, uniform and secure access to all operational and stored fata through CIPS Access Layer (CAL)
  • Visualization on Synergie for forecasting use
  • Sharing of authorized data with the international met community