ESPAS (Near-Earth Space Data Infrastructure for e-Science) was an EU FP7 research infrastructures project. It provides the e-Infrastructure necessary to support the access to observations and prediction of the Near-Earth Space environment. This includes the plasma and energetic particle environments that surround the Earth as well as the neutral atmosphere environment at altitudes above 60 km. These environments are an important target for future research in areas such as space weather and Sun-climate studies.
ESPAS provides access to a diverse set of databases that have been individually developed for the needs of different users. Thus a primary goal is to facilitate access to heterogeneous data from multiple providers; such data ranges from ground-based observations acquired with multiple instruments and techniques, to data from satellite experiments, using a mixture of in-situ and remotely sensed techniques.
Vor is SERENE’s very own computer cluster. Created from a series of rescued PCs, Vor is mainly used for running large computer simulations. Many modern data assimilation problems rely upon the use of ensemble modelling. This requires lots of computer resources, specifically processors, which Vor is ideally suited for. Currently Vor has 74 cores and 210 Gb of RAM, but we are looking to expand its capabilities further.