Portal description

A description of the CARBONES portal including the maps and time series graphs

The CARBONES project has created an advanced geoportal for displaying carbon cycle data. The geoportal is entirely based on free and open-source software, and provides the scientific results as highly-interactive maps and graphs. The portal uses open data standards such as INSPIRE and netCDF CF (Climate and Forecast conventions). It has great potential for reuse in other projects, in the carbon cycle and beyond, in particular anywhere where netCDF CF is used (in atmospheric science, earth science and oceanography). A relatively small amount of development would be needed to adapt it for other projects.

Scientific users, including sponsors of rival portals, have made comments on the geoportal such as "Congratulations on the great user interface, a dream... an extraordinary way to deliver information" and "The mapping works flawlessly and is very useful. The time series are great and very intuitive".

The portal was developed by the CARBONES partner CERC, a UK SME specialising in scientific software and services. CERC have been partners in many EU FP7 research projects including CARBONES. For further information on the CARBONES geoportal please contact Mark Jackson of CERC: mark.jackson@cerc.co.uk.

The geoportal maps have the following features (choose Product-Maps):

  • Animations playing directly in the map interface
  • User-editable colour scales for the raster data
  • Export of animations and maps to KML for use in Google Earth
  • PDF creation
  • INSPIRE-compliant view service (WMS)
  • Presents other products for comparison with CARBONES
  • A fluid layout using the whole browser window, splitter controls to allow the user to resize page elements, and a tree control to select the variables with explanatory tooltip balloons
  • Displays over one million map layers from 500GB of data.
  • netCDF CF is an OGC standard. It is the preferred format for this data among the scientific users, so the portal is able to use the same data files created for the scientific end-users.

The time series graphs of spatially-aggregated data have the following features (choose Product-Time series):

  • Slider control to allow interactive selection of the date range on display
  • PDF creation
  • Data download

Screenshot of maps Screenshot of Google Earth export

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