The virtual research environment for water and terrestrial environmental research (V-FOR-WaTer) in the framework of the Water Research Network Baden-Württemberg is a generic virtual research environment for common and systematic management of data obtained from water and environmental research. This project also provides an access to the environmental monitoring measurments' data of LUBW and DWD through connecting the corresponding databases.
The main focus points of the project are data management and direct access to the analysis tools in order to quickly process the research data and use them for prognostic modeling. Development of this virtual research environment is part of the sustainable data and software concepts of Water Research Network as well as the further development of Water and Environmental research in Baden-Württemberg. Furthermore, V-FOR-WaTer is a big step in realization of the “Landesobservatorium Oberrheingraben” (LOBS) vision, in which the universities of Baden-Württemberg and the LUBW scientifically cooperate and use the common data in order to understand better the particular long-term effects of global change.
This project deals with the storing of data and direct access to the analysis tools in order to process research data quickly and use them for prognostic modeling. It concentrates on finding solutions for generic data transformation problems for example hydro-meterologic data, processing of heterogenous data, preparing hydrological models and converting different formats of data to each other.
V-FOR-WaTer has already started in July 2016 and it is initially funded by the Ministry for Science, Research and Art of Baden-Wuerttemberg for two years. Currently two instititutions of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are involved in V-FOR-WaTer:
- Institute of Water and River Basin Management – chair of Hydrology
- Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) - department of Scientific Data Management