The ?SPECS-EUPORIAS Data Portal does not intent to provide full access to the different seasonal forecasting datasets, but only to a reduced number of variables (typically at surface; e.g. precipitation and temperature) required by the different impact applications. Thus, a key task for the development of the portal is identifying those variables relevant for the different activities, as well as the particular temporal frequencies (e.g. daily or monthly) and aggregation (e.g. instantaneous, hourly, daily means...) needed.
In order to identify the variables needed for both EUPORIAS and SPECS projects, several cross-sectional actions are being conducted in order to obtain the required feedback from end users (either by contacting the different work packages or by consulting project documents). Moreover, the precise definition and homogeneization of these variables across different datasets is of utmost importance for the development of a truly user-friendly tool for end users.
The different activities under development towards an integrated, user-friendly framework for data access are summarized in the following sections: