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MongoDB to help Met Office predict space weather

MongoDB has teamed up with the Met Office to provide a tool designed to make predictions about space weather.

The NOSQL database system should help the Met Office analyse incoming data feeds from partners including NASA and The British Geological Survey more quickly and easily.

The deal comes as space weather has a growing impact on the performance of electricity grids, satellites, GPS, aviation and mobile communications.

The system also predicts the arrival time of solar flares and coronal mass ejections, which should help users to understand and respond to space weather threats

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James Tomkins, technical boss at the Met Office Portfolio, said: "Since the start of this project, the Met Office was challenged with bringing together large volumes of data from all the various monitoring assets used for space weather monitoring and forecasting – which is no small task.

"We needed a platform to aggregate data in a speedy, scalable and flexible manner. We considered a number of non-relational and traditional relational databases, and MongoDB ticked all the boxes."

The deal follows a joint project between UK and US weather forecast and science agencies to improve space weather prediction models.


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