Weather/marine extreme event simulation with Galaxy-ES (Earth System) scientific workflow engine and cloud computing tools

  1. Montella°*

°Dpt. of Science and Technologies – University of Napoli Parthenope

*Computation Institute – University of Chicago (visiting)

The global climate changes have driven impressive local weather modifications with huge and reasonable impact on environmental, economic and social habits. Just focusing on the Italian context, the food, the wine and the tourism industries cover the most part of the national gross product. Extreme weather events (EWE) are difficult to predict with the accuracy needed because some main reasons:  EWEs are deeply local and influenced by the high-resolution orography and land use; the local data assimilation is a key modeling issue meaning a pervasive and geographically distributed sensor network is required; simulation and forecast model have to be coupled in a simple, data typed, consistent way in order to perform large size local scale ensembles; finally the computational resources (both pure computing and storage) are a limitation factor because the need of a huge amount of them, but elastically allocated.

The aim of the project presented in this document is to build an user friendly computation platform based on workflows dedicated to extreme weather/marine event simulation and prediction leveraging on the Face-IT project product Galaxy-ES (Earth System) where storage and computing is dynamically and elastically allocated using cloud computing tools as, but not limited to, Amazon Web Services.

The use cases are focused on some extreme weather events happened in the south of Italy in the years 2013 and 2014 that had a great impact on citizen security and economy.

This project is intended as a Face-IT spin-off/partnership open to be extended to other participants sharing the same intents and interests.

Acknowledgement: funded by the Dpt. of Science and Technologies – University of Napoli Parthenope, supported by the Face-IT project


The following scientific works have been carried out thanks to the program to strengthen departmental research lines:

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