The objectives

The objectives of OPERA are:

  •  to provide a European platform wherein expertise on operationally-oriented weather radar issues is exchanged.
  • to develop, generate and distribute high-quality pan-European weather radar composite products on an operational basis

The tasks

The central tasks of OPERA are:

  • To operate and develop the ODYSSEY data hub, which collects radar volume data, distributes quality flagged volume data to modellers and other radar data users, and produces quality controlled radar products;
  • To develop the OPERA Data Information Model (ODIM) and encoding/decoding software  for formats such as HDF5 and BUFR;
  • To enhance expertise in the field of weather radar (hardware, software, products, quality, network design etc.) within EUMETNET and the whole weather radar community;
  • To provide support to its members in environmental and societal issues related to weather radars, such as radar siting, radio-frequency interference and the impact of wind farms;
  • To offer a forum for exchange of experience and for capacity building in the field of weather radars within EUMETNET;
  • To inform the wider operational and research community of its activities.
  • Odyssey max composite in 25 April 2016
  • Example of Odyssey composite : Max reflectivity in 25 April 2016.


The Organisation

The current phase of OPERA will last from 2013-2017. The Coordinating Member is the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and the Project Manager is Elena Saltikoff.