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Technical Specifications
Category Description
Operating system •  Servers and stand-alone systems: Linux, Solaris®, Unix
•  Client workstation: Linux, Microsoft® Windows®, Solaris®, Unix
Minimum system requirements Pentium 4 1.5GHz
512MB RAM
40GB harddisk
(SADIS, RETIM and/or GTS data reception)
Compliance •  WMO Manual No. 386 (Manual on GTS, incl. Attachment II)
•  WMO Manual No. 306 (Manual on Codes)
•  WMO Manual No. 485 (Manual on Global Data Processing System)
•  ICAO Annex 3 (incl. Amendment 73)
•  SADIS, SADIS2G
•  ISCS
•  RETIM, RETIM2000
•  DWDSAT
•  EUMETCAST
Operational Meteorological Database •  WMO bulletins and reports
•  NWP
•  Spatial Graphical data
•  WMO data
Spatial Databases •  Global Self-consistent, Hierarchical, High-resolution Shoreline Database
•  GTOPO30 high-precision world-wide digital elevation model
•  High-precision local orography exported from GIS software
Data Formats

•  Synoptic data: FM-12 SYNOP, FM-13 SHIP, FM-14 MOBIL, FM-18 BUOY, SYNOP in FM-94 BUFR

• Upper-air data: FM-35 TEMP, FM-36 TEMP SHIP, FM-37 TEMP MOBIL, FM-38 TEMP DROP, FM-32 PILOT, FM-33 PILOT SHIP, FM-34 PILOT MOBIL, FM-42 AMDAR, AIREP, TEMP in FM-94 BUFR, PILOT in FM-94 BUFR, AMDAR in FM-94 BUFR

• Aeronautical data: FM-15 METAR, FM-16 SPECI, FM-51 TAF, FM-42 AMDAR, AIREP

• Climatological data: FM-71 CLIMAT, FM-72 CLIMAT SHIP, FM-75 CLIMAT TEMP, FM-76 CLIMAT TEMP SHIP, INTER

• Model data: FM-92 GRIB (GME-DWD, LME-DWD, HRM-DWD, UK, Washington, ECMWF, Arpege/Aladin, ETA, MM5-NCAR, RAMS, WAVE (ECMWF, UK, GKSS, ...) and other)

• Satellite imagery: FM-92 GRIB (various systems), PIF & XPIF (VCS), HDF5 &l MEOS HDF5 (Kongsberg; European MSG NWCSAF Nowcasting project), GeoTIFF (SeaSpace TeraScan; various systems), other third-party receivers for MeteoSat 2nd Generation (MSG), MeteoSat, NOAA, FengYun, GOES, NWCSAF, MPEF, etc.

• Radar imagery: FM-94 BUFR (WMO standard, OPERA standard, EEC/DRS, Gematronik), FM-92 GRIB (EEC/DRS, various systems), GeoTIFF (various systems), SRD2 (archives), other third-party radars EEC/DRS, Gematronik, Gamic, CERAD, etc.

• Lightning detection systems: FM-82 SFLOC, EUCLID, SAFIR, other third-party

• Significant weather: FM-94 BUFR (Bracknell & Washington), SatRep (ZAMG)

• Nowcasting: HDF5 (European MSG NWCSAF Nowcasting project), MPEF, PIF & XPIF (VCS), GRIB (various systems), CSV (various systems), other third-party

• FAX T4 charts

Connection Types •  GTS or Switching System
•  NWP model result files
•  SADIS, SADIS2G (X.25 reception, UDP reception, FTP backup)
•  RETIM, RETIM2000
•  DWDSAT
•  MSG EUMETCAST
•  all kinds TCP/IP, asynchronous, file-exchange based and FTP channels
Main Functions

•  display, generating and printing of surface charts, upper-air charts, weather charts, model outputs, remote-sensing imagery

• overlaying of any kind of meterological data and features

• display of all NWP products, unlimited number of models and parameters

• Mathematical Kernel for extensive model computation and evaluation

• combining different models in overlays or even computations between models

• extensible satellite and radar support (including nowcasting) with composing, coloring, reprojecting and multi-channel combining of images

• producing own weather charts with interactive user-friendly editor

• preparing forecasts and forecast charts

• horizontal and vertical crossections

• various thermodiagrams and hodogram from observations and models

• nowcasting data integration

• NWP field modification

• report correction

• objective analysis with model-initialization and numerical quality-control

• Presentation Templates allowing on-map visualization of custom bulletins

• unification of BUFR/CREX and alphanumeric reports

• extended customizable shapefile orography with unlimited precision and content

• direct access to received reports and messages

• extensive chart and table output including weather monitoring for both observations and models

Output Formats •  Bitmap formats: JPG, T4, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, XPM
•  Scalable Vector Graphics SVG
•  Adobe® Portable Document Format PDF
Output Delivery •  e-mail (automatic and manual)
•  printer including large-scale plotters(automatic and manual)
•  GTS WMO messages
•  File-delivery to specified folders
•  FAX (automatic and manual)

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