Meteorological Archival and Retrieval System
MARS, chiefly developed by Baudouin Raoult and Manuel Fuentes together with other members of the MARS team over the years, is recognised for a unique approach to meteorological data storage and retrieval technology.
The Meteorological Archival and Retrieval System is the main repository of meteorological data at ECMWF containing petabytes of operational and research data. MARS has had and continues to have a huge impact on developments in many organisations by making vast quantities of meteorological data accessible to thousands of organisations and individuals.
The main achievement associated with MARS is that this system has stood the test of time as a result of continuous development. More than thirty years after it was created, MARS remains at the cutting edge of meteorological data storage and retrieval, with a user base that extends well beyond ECMWF to other centres and the wider meteorological and climatological community.