The Data Access and Downscaling (DAD) Portal
Downscaling is nowadays a mature and complex multi-disciplinary field involving a cascade of different scientific tools to access and process large amounts of heterogeneous data. Therefore, interactive user-friendly tools are necessary in order to ease the downscaling process for end users, thus maximizing the exploitation of the available predictions. The DAD Portal has been designed following an end-to-end approach in order to transparently connect data providers and end users. To this aim, Internet and distributed computing technologies have been combined together with statistical tools to directly downscale GCM outputs to the regional or local scale required by impact applications. Thus, users can test and validate online different methods (regression, neural networks, analogs, weather typing, etc.) working on a Web browser, not worrying about the details of the techniques used or the data accessed. The portal is part of the ENSEMBLES EU-funded project.