As the WCS2.1 core provides only general metadata, the MetOcean Profile
adds community-specific metadata to this core.
Additionally, the MetOcean Profile introduces the terms “Groups” and
“CoverageCollections” as a way to both efficiently access the data, and
structure the return of data. The main benefit of Groups is in creating a
structure that reflects the organization of the intended use of data,
rather than its underlying structure. This provides a hierarchical way of
nesting services. The main benefit of CoverageCollections allows for the
identification of collections of data for easier access to the data.
Two extensions have also been developed to facilitate retrieval of coverage
data according to the operational requirements of those using MetOcean
data. One extension specifies how to extract a corridor based on a
trajectory from a multidimensional coverage. The other extension defines
how to extract data contained within a polygon defined either by a set of
points or the radius and position of a circle point.
Through the addition of community-based metadata, Groups &
CoverageCollections, and the two new operations, the efficiency of both
MetOcean data access and retrieval has been increased substantially.
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