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February 27, 2013

IBM Helps South Korea Increase Weather Forecasting Accuracy


South Korea's Meteorological Administration (KMA) and IBM today announced a project to help KMA and its affiliate, the National Meteorological Satellite Center (NMSC), tackle Big Data for more accurate and predictive environmental forecasting.

As South Korea's national meteorological organization, KMA's mission is to protect citizens' lives and property from natural disasters and support economic activities sensitive to environmental conditions.

KMA gathers more than 1.6 terabytes of meteorological data a day, including temperature and barometric pressure readings, wind speeds, images as well as observations from satellites, balloons, ships and aircraft. One of the key sources of data is Cheollian, an ocean and meteorological satellite, managed by the National Meteorological Satellite Center.

So data can be stored and available for real-time analysis, IBM has provided KMA and NMSC with the IBM storage technologies capable of recording 20 gigabytes of data per second and has a total storage capacity of 9.3 petabytes.

The new infrastructure enables KMA and NMSC to analyze data more quickly and accurately than previously possible. By incorporating maps and historical data, KMA is able to develop tailored weather forecasts for each of South Korea's nine regions. Processing data in real time enables immediate updates on weather conditions.

The system allows for localized weather forecasting services for clients in certain regions or cities, such as emergency service providers, hotels, golf courses and farms as well as related services such as weather insurance for outdoor events.

"The volume of meteorological and satellite data is so vast that it requires the most powerful technologies on earth," said Jung-Uk Tak , Systems & Technology Group Leader, IBM Korea. "IBM's computing system helps KMA and NMSC to take a proactive approach to changing weather conditions."

The new system at KMA includes an IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) - a high-performance enterprise file management platform. IBM has also provided a high-capacity data storage system to NMSC. Together, the systems provide consistent and secure access to a common set of data from multiple servers outperforming single file server solutions. IBM worked with local business partner Moasys to provide the solution.

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