Ozone, UV and Aerosol studies

PAMIR (A Portal to Atmospheric and Marine Information Resources)

Roeland Van Malderen
Royal Meteorological Institute
Ringlaan 3,
B-1180 Brussels, Belgium



PAMIR is is a BRAIN-be (Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks) 2-year project (2014-2015), funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO). The project is coordinated by the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BISA, Anne De Rudder, Jean-Christopher Lambert). The other partners are the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Serge Scory) and the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (Roeland Van Malderen, Laurent Delobbe, Christian Tricot). The homepage of the project can be found here.



The objective of the project is to explore and develop generic concepts related to the description, documentation, classification and quality assurance of atmospheric and oceanographic data of the federal portfolio, in compliance with international standards and practice, including the INSPIRE Directive (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community). Or, in other words: with ocean and atmosphere, let INSPIRE gain depth and altitude!


Key milestones

  • Design of a generic validation, evaluation and quality control protocol, virtually applicable to any data of the federal portfolio of atmospheric and oceanographic information, and including aspects specific to each scientific domain.
  • Design of a generic validation report template to support data validation reporting.
  • Design of a common metadata model suited to the documented scientific datasets and compatible with the latest INSPIRE Metadata and Interoperability Regulations.
  • Design and development of a metadata editor based on the previous.
  • Set up of a centralized portal prototype offering a dataset catalogue (underpinned by the above metadata model) as well as online information on data validation and model evaluation.