Currently, the only graphical user interface to access the Deltares Open Archive is via the Delft-FEWS GUI. In addition, data can be approached via the Geonetwork web client of via THREDDS web server.
The Deltares archive is located on a separate server and can be used for post-event analysis like (re-) calibration of models, reviews and performance analysis. Most of the data in the Deltares archive is archived through automated processes that are scheduled on the Delft-FEWS MC server. The archived data can be accessed and downloaded to the local computer through the Delft-FEWS Archive catalogue display.
The Deltares Archive is storing data (sets), these are the actual forecast time series, observation time series, configuration, rating curves, forecaster notes, model states, FEWS modifiers etc. Most of the data sets can be organized in events; this is a special type of metadata overarching multiple data sets. The area and period covered by the event determine, in combination with the type of event and associated data types, which data sets belong to an event.
A separate Deltares archive document is available that contains all technical details of the Deltares archive. An Installation of the Deltares Archive is available on the Deltares Delft-FEWS Wiki pages.
This user guide is derived from the HyFS application as used at the Bureau of Meteorology.
In the Delft-FEWS application, scheduled and manual archive workflows can take care of archiving the data (sets) from the database. The scheduled archive workflow is generally run once a day and will generally archive the following type of data:
Archived data set
Observed time series
Observed time series
External Forecast time series
Forecaster Notes on various level
Delft-FEWS configuration changes
|xml (FEWS PI-rating)|
External Forecast time series
|Simulations (forecast)||Simulated timeseries|
|Products as handed over to downstream users||Products||Products in original format|
|Local datastore||Snapshot||Local datastore|
Note: External data which is archived elsewhere should in general not be archived within the context of the Delft-FEWS application.
Within Forecasting organisations, events are situations that can be distinguished from business as ususal as something special or interesting is happening, e.g. a flood, drought or calamity. Generally the operations during an event is hectic and no one wants to spent time on data archiving. however, after the event the archived data may be crucial for legal inquiries, performance assessment, or model calibration or to use as input for training. Therefore, the concept of Event has been introduced to label a period of interest for a certain area, such that one easily can find this data back.
Many of the important data sets stored in a Deltares Archive associated with a real time system can be organized in events, this is a special type of metadata overarching one or multiple data sets. The event type, area and period covered by the event determine which data sets belong to an event. Each event type will include one or multiple data sets. Typical event types within a real time application are:
- Historic Event: This event type contains observed time series that are stored in the archive. When a new historic event is made the data include in the historic event period will become available as historic event in the Delft-FEWS operator client and can be viewed together with the current observed or simulated data.
- Review Event: This event type may contain observed time series, external forecast time series, simulated time series, modifiers and messages. When a new review event type is made the data sets covered will be tagged and can be downloaded to a Delft-FEWS Stand Alone for post event review purposes.
- Flood Watch Event: This event type contains observed time series and external forecast time series. When a new flood watch event type is made the data sets covered will be tagged and can be downloaded to a Delft-FEWS Stand Alone for skill perfomance analysis
- Watercoach/Training Event: This event type contains observed time series, external forecast time series, simulated time series, modifiers, model states and messages. When a new water coach event type is made the data sets covered will be tagged and can be downloaded to a Delft-FEWS Stand Alone. The data downloaded can then be used for making a new Delft-FEWS Water Coach script for training purposes.
Event types can be defined as appropriate, but need to be registered on the archiver server side.
Additional to tagging an event in the Deltares archive it is also possible to have attachments uploaded and linked to an event in the archive. Creating an event, downloading events and data sets, and attaching attachments to events can be done with the Delft-FEWS Archive display.
Finally, events can play a crucial role in the data management of the archive. Data labelled for a specific type of event may be help longer in the archive compared to data not labelled for an event. E.g. Numerical Weather Predictions may be removed quickly, except for those external forecast that are part of a Flood Watch or training event.
All data that is archived can be accessed and downloaded through the Delft-FEWS archive display. The archive display can be started from the Delft-FEWS Explorer from the Tools menu.
When the display is initialized it will try to contact the archive file server to download information about the archive content (the archive configuration).
Note: When the Delft-FEWS archive display cannot connect to the archive file server, there will be a error message shown when starting the display. If this is the case, make sure the computer has a network connection, access to the archive file server, and that the path to the archive file server is correctly configured in the global.properties file.
The Delft-FEWS Archive display contains three tabs:
- Create a new event: This tab can be used to create a new event file to tag data in the Deltares archive. It also contains functionality to update an event and/or upload an attachment to an existing event.
- Search for events: This tab can be used to search in existing Deltares archive for events and download the associated data and the attachment(s) that have been tagged to the event.
- Search in archive: This tab can be used to download data from the archive, without using the events functionality.
In the following paragraphs the functionality of the different tabs is explained.
Create an archive event
Events are created for Areas and are valid for a period; specified by the start and end time.
To create a new event; take the following steps:
1 Select the area for the event (an area is a basin or national). The list with events will be updated with all events found in the Deltares Archive.
2 Press the create event button to create a new event for the selected area.
3 Select the event type to add and enter the start and end time of the event. Complete the name and description textboxes for the event to make the new event understandable for other forecasters.
4 Press the search button on the right part of the display to check if there is any data in the archive for the selected area and period.
5 Press the save event button to save the event file on the local computer. The event will be added as a new line in the event list table in red.
6 Press the upload event button to upload the event file from the local computer to the archive server.
Figure Delft-FEWS Archive display; create new event
When an event is created it is possible to attach a file (pdf file, or zip file, max. 100Mb) to the event. Take the following steps to attach an attachment to an existing event.
1 Select the event from the list of events.
2 Press the attach file button to select a file and attach it to the selected event.
3 Press the upload event button to upload the event file from the local computer to the archive server.
Search and Download archive events
The Deltares archive will contain many events for all catchments. The events can be searched and downloaded in the Search for Events tab.
To search for events; take the following steps:
1 Select the area and set the search start and end times. The list with events will be updated with all events found in the Deltares Archive that match the selected criteria.
2 Press the search button on the right part of the display to check if there is any data in the archive for the selected area and period.
3 Select one or multiple events from the list with events.
4 Press the download attachment button to download the attachments for the selected events from the archive server to the local computer. The attachments will be stored in the ArchiveDownload folder (configured); check the log file in the system logs to find the names of the correct folders.
5 Press the download event with data button to download the data for the selected events from the archive server to the local computer.
Note: By double clicking one of the cells in the event list, the event list will be filtered and show only those events that have the same content of the selected cell. To filter for example on historic events, double click in the event type cell where the content is historic event. All cells in that event table column will now have a blue background color indicating there is a filter active. To remove the filter, double click again on one of the event type cells.
Figure Delft-FEWS Archive display; search for events (filtered by flood event using double click)
Search and Download archive data
The Deltares archive will contain data that is not always included in an archive event file. If the data is not included in an event file it can be downloaded in the Search in archive tab.
To search for data in the archive; take the following steps:
- Select the area
- Set the search start and end times.
- Select the type of dataset
- Select the source of the data (if available, from 2015.01 onwards only)
- Press the search button
- Select one or multiple data sets from the list for download
- Press the download and import data button to download the data from the archive server and import into the local datastore. If do not want the data imported, you can also press the download (only) button.
Figure Delft-FEWS Archive display; search in archive and download data
Note: After selecting an area and period make sure to press the search in archive data before downloading the files from the archive server. Especially the National area can contain many external forecast data files and the size of the files can be considerable.
Importing archived data into Delft-FEWS stand alone application
If you did not import the data directly as part of the download, you can import the data in the Delft-FEWS Stand Alone system with use of the Manual Forecast display. To import downloaded data; take the following steps:
- Open the Manual Forecast display from the Delft-FEWS Explorer Menu or Toolbar.
- Select the Import data from Archive workflow.
- Press the Run button.
All data that is downloaded and available in the ArchiveDownload folder will be imported in the localdatastore of the Stand Alone system. As the imported data will be imported in the localDatastore of the Deft-FEWS Stand Alone it is advised to delete or rename the existing localdatastore folder and all data in the ArchiveDownload folder before starting a new Archive download and import session. Note that this import activity will bring back the data using the original data administration.
If you want to use the data within a different context, you may also copy the data to the normal Import folders, and setup a normal timeSeriesImport run module with idmapping to bring the data into the Delft-FEWS stand alone application registered under your timeSeriesImport run module.