Atmospheric Data Model for ArcGIS

atmodmThe Atmospheric data model initiative is establishing a working dialog between ESRI and the atmospheric sciences community regarding data representation issues. This helps serve to address the needs of the atmospheric community for ESRI software development. The management of temporal data and raster data support are two areas of focus with this initiative.

Collaboration with NCAR/UCAR, NASA JPL, and Raytheon has helped to identify the need for direct read of CF compliant netCDF data. The functionality is in development for the direct read and write of NetCDF as feature, raster, and tabular data. This will also be useful to perform analysis using standard feature, raster, and table Geoprocessing model builder tools for netCDF data.

The initial task in developing an Atmospheric Data Model is to identify the purpose and scope of the final design. A questionnaire will be used as the basis for a Conceptual Framework Document to shape the design of the Atmospheric data model, for the query, analysis, storage, and display of Atmospheric data in a GIS format.

User Forums

Visit the ESRI data model discussion forum to share your ideas, thoughts, and questions with other users.

Downloads – Case Studies

These Case Studies are a good starting point to learn about best practices for this discipline. These project examples include sample geodatabases, map documents, and documentation.

Downloads – Design Templates

The Design Templates are the result of the community-based design process. The general concepts and terms for this discipline are described here. Tools and examples to create a template data model are also included for advanced users.

Downloads – Tools

These tools have been developed together with the data models to provide new ways to leverage each industry specific model. They are designed to work with the data model templates and case studies, and can be used with the model, or with other data sets. These tools can be found on ArcScripts, and are not supported ESRI software.

User Community

Visit the website for the Atmospheric Special Interest group. We hold annual user group and data model meetings in conjunction with the ESRI User Conference in San Diego and the annual American Meteorological Society meetings.

Concise Agendas Available for Natural Resources and Environment Tracks at 2009 ESRI User Confernece

uc20091The ESRI UC features many hundred of presentations and can be quite overwhelming. These concise agendas will help you find your way to sessions and events related to your specific interests.