Original programme

The Environmental Virtual Observatory (EVO) was organised as a series of six mutually supporting activities. The detailed original work plans of these can be viewed by following the links below.

The following text is unchanged and is as it appeared at the outset of the project.

Cloud technologies
There is an underpinning activity to developing the cyber infrastructure, data, and visualisation tools to enable EVO to explore the potential of cloud technology applications for environmental research, and to enable EVO to deliver exemplar cloud services. This activity centres on questions related to sematics, data and information workflows, data interoperability, optimising searches for environmental data, and data security in the cloud. It is also developing examples of data workflows and management, and some basic dynamic data visualisation tools.

Environmental modelling
A second area of activity specifically focusses on developing examples of cloud-enabled environmental models. These focus, in particular, on models of river flow and catchment nutrient budget models. For example, EVO is taking an existing suit of hydrological models, the FUSE modelling suite, and imlpementing the models so that they can be run as cloud-based services.

Local-scale and national-scale exemplars
Activity on a range of specific exemplar web-based servics broadly falls into two areas based on questions concerning soil and water management framed in a local and national context. The first area of activity is developing services in collaboration with local communities in selected catchments in the UK and aims to provide information and tools to inform decsions about the management of local environments.

The secod area of activity is broadly at a national scale and is developing exemplar services that could help industry, regulators or policy makers make more informed decisions about longer-term, regional to national issues.

Project co-ordination and international activities
Since EVO is a pilot project, an important strand of the work is to explore with our stakeholders, and then communicate to a wider community, the potential benefits of cloud computing to applied environmental problems. In addition, there is in EVO a particular focus of ensuring co-ordination with related international initiatives.