JASMIN is a globally-unique data analysis facility. It provides storage and compute facilities to enable data-intensive environmental science. Over 1600 researchers are currently supported, exploring topics ranging from climate change and oceanography to air pollution, earthquake deformation and analysis of wildlife populations.
Environmental data is becoming increasingly large in volume. Analysing climate models or satellite data at a global scale requires very data-intensive workflows. JASMIN provides flexibility required for these types of workflows as it is centred more around storage and data analysis than a “traditional” supercomputer.
The UK environmental science community benefits from the pooling of data and resources in several ways: JASMIN delivers economies of scale in cost and energy usage, it enables large-scale analysis, and it facilitates collaboration between multi-disciplinary projects.
JASMIN has a unique mix of services which support a variety of types of research which would otherwise not have been possible. For example: The Primavera Project used JASMIN to better predict climate change and help mitigate several risks by analysing data from a new generation of high-resolution global climate models. This enabled over 100 scientists across Europe to collaborate on a large number of climate simulations in a shared workspace.
JASMIN has also enabled researchers from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to create unbiased occupancy modelling to analyse datasets on UK wildlife. This has resulted in the successful study of taxonomic groups such as ants, mayflies and spiders that was previously too difficult to analyse and has provided a clearer and more detailed picture of change in these and other less well-studied wildlife groups.
These and all JASMIN projects exploit a system designed to support the range of environmental science. Different types of disk and tape storage allow efficient access to both user data and the curated archives of the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) and several types of compute resource are connected to the storage to provide flexible ways to analyse data.
JASMIN is hosted and managed by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is operated and supported by an innovative cross-institutional team with expertise in systems administration, computer science, research software engineering and environmental informatics.