The EUFAR Standards & Protocols team is proud to announce the release of the Airborne Science Mission Metadata (ASMM) Creator online version. A successful beta test of the ASMM was conducted by Phil Brown during the ICE-D campaign flown by the FAAM (UK) in August in the Cape Verde Islands, identifying a few minor bugs which have since been resolved. We therefore invite all interested EUFAR members to test the ASMM, currently available on a dedicated server - http://188.8.131.52:8080/asmm-eufar/.
Within airborne atmospheric science, mission reports provide valuable details about research flights that are not evident from the instrument data itself. These reports can include environmental details such as types of clouds encountered, surfaces overflown and synoptic features, or mission details such as overall scientific aims, flight manoeuvres undertaken and supporting surface-based observations, among many other things. Currently, mission reports take the form of handwritten or electronic notes, thus the quality and content varies greatly between authors, making the reports less useful for filtering of or searching for specific flight details in the following months and years after the flight.
The ASMM project was motivated by the need to create a standard set of mission reports, aiding in classification and searches of data sets based on flight phenomena, mission parameters or other criteria. To meet this goal, an XML format has been developed to store the mission report data in a standard manner,. In addition, an online easy-to-use graphical user interface has been developed with the Google Web Toolkit and Java to facilitate the creation and display of the standard XML files, and allowing for the possibility to print a PDF report. For more information, contact the S&P engineer – Olivier Henry.