The requirement for mitigation from adverse space weather on technological systems has received additional impetus when in 2013 "space weather" was placed on the national risk register of civil emergencies in the UK, USA and other countries. As such the transition from "research to operations" of space weather forecasting is high on the global agenda.
A unanimous recommendation by the UN Commission for Peaceful Use of Outer Space is that more distributed ground based observation stations should be implemented globally - especially in developing countries. The approach to resolve challenges from an information systems point of view has in recent years favoured centralised virtual observatories. However, the "real-time" operational reliability aspect of "in-time" forecasting, coupled with the requirement for data management tools indicates distributed processing. An architecture where certain functionality remains "in-house" or behind the agencies firewall. The CiAO system implements such a distributed architecture and offers monitoring, visualisation, calibration and persistence in addition to conditional sharing, billing and global inter-operability.
The CiAO system was developed to visualise, explore and develop a feel for hitherto unseen relationships and co-dependencies of global space weather and related data in real time. In addition to act as an "event recorder" for subsequent "event analysis". Such functionality directly supports multi-disciplinary scientific research by enabling mass observation capabilities in order to detect inter-related phenomena.
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