Coordination of ICT and Robotics in Agriculture and Related Environmental Issues


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Weather data for agrometeorological applications
The purpose of this topic is to gather knowledge about formats for the exchange of weather data for agrometeorological applications, to discuss the applicability of different formats, and ultimately to achieve acceptance of a common format.
Contact: Iver Thysen
Profile: Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, ICT-AGRI Project Office
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Agrometeorological applications are an important in Decision Support Systems for irrigation, crop protection and other weather dependant agricultural activities. Although similar kinds of weather data are used in all applications, there are no widely accepted standard for the exchange of weather data within the agricultural domaine. It is therefore cumbersome to export agrometeorological applications to new agricultural domains. The usual architecture of agrometeorological applications combines a decision engine with a weather database. It takes quite a lot of resources to maintain a constantly updated and error free weather database, which adds considerably to operating costs. Furthermore, data definitions and naming conventions are normally not standardised, making it difficult to export or import applications. A better solution would be to run the decision engine and the weather database as two dispatched applications with on-the-fly supply of weather data to the decision engine for a given task upon request. The maintenance of weather databases could then be left to professionals, for example meteorological institutes and organsiations operating weather stations for agricultural purposes. The Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) offers very attractive methods for supplying customers with data upon request based on web services. An example is described in Posting 94