Great Lakes to Gulf: A spatial data virtual observatory

By Gavin Kennedy, QCIF Data Innovation Services Manager

The U.S. Great Lakes to Gulf Virtual Observatory (GLTG) is a unique resource that provides easy access to a wide variety of environmental monitoring data, from sensor networks to drone images. 

On Friday, 7 September, QCIF was treated to an RCC-hosted seminar featuring guest speakers Luigi Marini and Dr Jong Lee from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The seminar described many aspects of the Great Lakes to Gulf monitoring and data collection systems with a focus on the Virtual Observatory.

Much like Australia’s virtual laboratories, GLTG is a comprehensive geostreaming data management framework established by NCSA to provide integration, access and visualisation of geospatial and streaming data from the North American Great Lakes, down through the Mississippi River system to the Gulf of Mexico. The framework was created using the Clowder research data management platform developed by NCSA.

In the seminar, Mr Marini said: “The GLTG Virtual Observatory supports visual inspection of data, mapping variables such as water quality over time and allowing the user to pick parameters of interest, apply filters and drill down to the data they want to use.”

RCC has posted a recording of the seminar on its YouTube channel. The seminar abstract is on RCC’s website.