EMS Technology Award 2018 for the operational meteorological workstation NinJo

– The EMS Technology Award for significant technology achievements and innovations in the field of meteorology and earth observation

The European Meteorological Society (EMS) has chosen the international NinJo Consortium that developed the NinJo operational meteorological workstation to receive the EMS Technology Achievement Award 2018.

NinJo is a major contribution to meteorology: innovative and widely applicable as a universal monitoring, forecasting and warning system of greatest importance for the daily information of all kind of users, NinJo has proven its quality in the daily production of countless forecast products even in critical weather situations. Developed by an international Consortium in Europe and Canada, its production capabilities are applicable in any operational environment.”

NinJo is the operational meteorological workstation deployed at six weather services in Europe and Canada. It is used for monitoring weather and forecast data, the production of warnings and graphical forecast products, including automated production, as well as research and education at many universities. It is being developed by the international NinJo Consortium. The software consists of more than 200 software modules in almost 20 thousand JAVA classes with 2 million lines of code and appropriate XML configurations. Its continuous development, now spanning 17 years, and use of open source libraries guarantees staying close to current technological advances in computer science.

High parallelization on both server and client sides makes use of modern multicore hardware to meet the core user requirement: high performance in any weather situation.

NinJo is a building kit of frameworks and development tools so that each weather service develops its own applications. For example, tools that support their specific warning processes, such as those at the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) and Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), as well as MSC’s layer for tracking hurricanes or feeding public web portals with map tiles from NinJo Batch-on-Demand and pure NinJo data at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

NinJo drives an active international collaboration inside and outside of Europe. Through the regular discussions about workflows, algorithms and concepts for effectively developing and using NinJo, an intensive collaboration of developers and forecasters from different met services has been initiated.

The Award will be presented at the Awards Session during the EMS Annual Meeting on Monday, 3 September 2018, in Budapest, Hungary.


Note to editors:

The NinJo Workstation http://www.ninjo-workstation.com/ninjo-workstation.0.html An overview of NinJo’s features, technical details, software editions, license

The NinJo Consortium http://www.ninjo-workstation.com/project-members.0.html  NinJo is being developed by the NinJo Project Consortium, which was founded in the year 2000. The Consortium consists of five members. The National Meteorological Services of Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Canada, and the Bundeswehr Geoinformation Service (BGIS).

EMS Technology Achievement Award. https://www.emetsoc.org/awards/award-category/ems-technology-achievement-award/  The European Meteorological Society (EMS) seeks to recognise achievements that are influential on developments of technologies and technical solutions in meteorology and related areas (e.g. oceanography, atmospheric chemistry and hydrology). The EMS Technology Achievement Award is granted to individuals or corporations in recognition of technological contributions associated with instrumentation and methodologies used in these areas, have advanced the methods and technologies of environmental observing and forecasting systems and demonstrated the potential to impact on the field at the European scale.

EMS Annual Meeting. The theme of the conference is Weather and climate: global change and local hazards. More information on the EMS Annual Meeting: European Conference on Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 3-7 September 2018, in Budapest, Hungary, is available at http://www.ems2018.eu/for_the_media.html. Registration for the Media will be possible from June.


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