# Changes between Version 32 and Version 33 of udg/ecoms

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Mar 14, 2013 1:57:59 PM (9 years ago)
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 v32 = Introduction and Motivation = #s.intro {{{#!div style="text-align:justify" The impact activities on seasonal timescales involved in [http://www.specs-fp7.eu SPECS] and [http://www.euporias.eu EUPORIAS] projects require the use of different data sources (mainly seasonal forecasts, reanalysis, and observations). These activities include the calibration, downscaling, and modelling of sector-specific indices in agriculture, energy, health, etc., building on meteorological information. Typically, only a reduced subset of surface variables (precipitation, temperatures, mean sea level pressure, etc.) or in a reduced number of vertical levels (circulation and termodynamic drivers at, e.g., 850, 500, 200 hPa) is required for these activities.  The ''SPECS-EUPORIAS Data Portal'' has been established by the '''Santander Meteorology Group (UC-CSIC)''' to gather the relevant information from existing datasets in order to provide a unique homogenized access to data for the SPECS and EUPORIAS partners (in particular for impact-users). This document briefly describes the current state of the data portal, which has initially focused on data from the ''ECMWF's System4 seasonal model'', as agreed in the downscaling parallel session of the kick-off meeting. }}} = The THREDDS Data Server = #s.thredds The ''SPECS-EUPORIAS Data Portal'' is based on a password-protected THREDDS data server providing metadata and data access to a set of georeferenced atmospheric variables using OPeNDAP and other remote data access protocols. The variables names, units and additional metadata follow the [http://cf-pcmdi.llnl.gov/documents/cf-conventions/1.4/cf-conventions.html CF convention]. The variables are spatial grids based on multidimensional arrays of indexed values, following Unidata's ''_Coordinate convention''[[FootNote(http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf-java/reference/CoordinateAttributes.html)]][[FootNote(http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf-java/tutorial/GridDatatype.html)]].