Emphasis will be on increasing system resilience, incorporating new radars to the network and translating end-user needs to specifications and eventually into radar data products and applications. The enlarged thematic scope also includes a proof-of-concept where BALTRAD technology is transferred to the municipal scale in support of urban water management.

Realization of transnational investments

The earlier stage of BALTRAD-project (running in 2008-2011) was devoted to creating a software platform for exchanging weather radar data, managing the shared data, processing it and generating weather information that can be used to support the society.

This Work Package concentrates on finalizing required functionality, quality assurance aspects and integrating new partners and new type of data source, I.e. Local Area Weather Radars (LAWR) to the system. The enlarged partnership and thematic scope translates into new demands for the core system. Resilience to the system will be added by adding redundant networking and simultaneous operation on multiple hardware, facilitating better troubleshooting , revisiting the maintenance plan created in the main-stage BALTRAD project, and enhancing security, among other things. Feasibility studies made by new partners on how BALTRAD+ system should optimally be deployed in their environments Decisions about transnational investments to hardware platforms to host BALTRAD+ will be influenced by these studies.

The LAWR sub-net will be integrated into BALTRAD to facilitate to exchanging and processing of LAWR data anywhere in the BALTRAD network just like data from the conventional radars.
Dataflow between BALTRAD+ and the WMO Information System (WIS) will be realized.

Pilot investment and real-world use

From end-user needs to tailored products

The Application Case Log created in the main-stage BALTRAD project will be transformed into an inventory of radar-based information to meet end-users’ needs, also in how the information is communicated. Strong emphasis will be put on turning end-users’ expectations and requirements into detailed specifications. BALTRAD+ End-User Forums (BUFs) are the arena for the end-users to communicate their requirements to the partnership. BUFs will be held twice per year.

Products based on quality-controlled raw radar data will be defined. The algorithms will also include procedures for radar product quality control and characterization. Product generation can employ data also rain gauge networks, meteorological satellite, or numerical weather prediction models. Several partners will work together to define the tailored radar data products that are of most value. BALTRAD+ partners who themselves are end-users will develop specific user applications and integrate those into their emergency management platforms.

New applications

Most applications and solutions produced in BALTRAD+ will be made as portable as possible and documented in a way that makes it easy for other organisations in the same field to develop corresponding applications of their own, including urban water management solutions.

Demonstration of the possibility of using BALTRAD data for real time determination of the run-off from urban catchments will be performed in Aarhus catchment area in Denmark, which is already equipped with accurate flow meters and covered by two LAWR radars and one dual-polarisation radar. Dry weather prediction for the water management will be developed into a smart phone application using GPS to deploy the information to help water planners and on-site technical staff to achieve optimal access to the data. A flooding risk assessment map will be developed.

A local BALTRAD+ node for urban water management will be established in a combined server and mass storage system. This can be used as a template for other setups that can be used by other municipalities and end users for providing urban water management support for their local area.