Design and implementation of a Linux-based visualization software working on the output of WRF meteorological model

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Dr. Sonkoly Balázs
Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics

Given the fact that by using more and more advanced technologies in the field of informatics, more and more computing power becomes available to run demanding software - previously only possible by the use of supercomputers and clusters - that can now be accessed and financed by even by small- or middle sized companies.

For the meteorologist, the output of the meteorological model is not usable in itself. To make use of the derived data, additional software components need to be implemented to visualize the raw numerical representation in such a way, that the most relevant parameters of atmospheric information are revealed instantly, ready for use.

Most currently available products for visualizing meteorological model outputs however require a sophisticated knowledge in both during deployment and starting it up in the end-user's environment, which in fact, renders them impractical and their spread is therefore limited.

This implicates that there's an emerging need to create solutions to substitute such complicated methods with user-friendly, easily configurable products, which can be run by the meteorologist having no such special skills or having deeper studies of informatics in order to visualize the available model output.

In my thesis, I am going to design and implement such a visualization system that is capable of deriving and visualizing the results of the wildly used, well-known open-source numeric meteorological model WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting), with results accessible by a web-based interfaces including both geographically mapped, and time-line graphs of the relevant weather properties. Nowadays such a visualization is a basic need for any meteorologist using the numerical model to create weather forecasts.


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