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 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.
- Example of Odyssey composite : Rainrate 31 May 2013 16:30 UTC.
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.