10/01/1994 09:00 AM
Computer Engineering
The Real-Time Environmental Information Network and Analysis System (REINAS) is a continuing engineering research and development program with the goal of designing, developing and testing an operational prototype system for data acquisition, data management, and visualization. This system is to support the real-time utilization of advanced instrumentation in environmental science. Advances in continuous time measurements and improved spatial resolution allow the monitoring and understanding environmental phenomena in much greater detail than has previously been possible. The system is also designed to support the retrospective use of integrated environmental data sets. The project is a multi-year effort of the Baskin Center for Computer Engineering and Information Sciences of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), in cooperation with environmental scientists from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). The REINAS system has been designed for regional real-time environmental monitoring and analysis. It is a modern system, integrated into the Internet, for conducting interactive real-time coastal air/ocean science. The database design of REINAS is independent of specific database technology and is designed to support operational scientific needs throughput the entire scientific data life-cycle. During the Spring 1994 final selections of the technologies to be used in the prototype system were made, and detailed architecture of REINAS and experimentation with subsystems for data collection, data management, processing, and visualization were started. On September 13 and 14, 1994, a major site review was held at UCSC and NPS for our Office of Naval Research and DOD sponsors. This report documents the status of REINAS as it was presented at this review. It represents the mid-point of Phase IV -- the Experimentation and System Verification Phase.