Welcome to GLORIAD
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GLORIAD was launched at an official ceremony in Beijing on January 12, 2004 with participants from China, Russia, the US and Korea. The initial network began operating January 9, 2004 and included 155 Mbps circuits from US (Chicago) to Moscow and to Beijing.
GLORIAD provides scientists around the globe with advanced networking tools that improve communications and data exchange, enabling active, daily collaboration on common problems.
With GLORIAD, the scientific community can move unprecedented volumes of valuable data effortlessly, stream video and communicate through quality audio- and video-conferencing.
GLORIAD exists today due to the shared commitment of the US, Russia, China, Korea, Canada and the Netherlands to promote increased engagement and cooperation between their countries, beginning with their scientists, educators and young people.
The benefits of this advanced network are shared with S&E communities throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.
GLORIAD provides more than a network; it provides a stable, persistent, non-threatening means of facilitating dialog and increased cooperation between nations that have often been at odds through the past century.
This new era of cooperation will provide benefits not only to the S&E communities but to every citizen in the partner countries through:
-Improved weather forecasting and atmospheric modeling through live sharing of monitoring data;
-New discoveries into the basic nature and structure of the universe through advanced network connections between high energy physicists and astronomers - and the expensive facilities GLORIAD makes it possible to share;
-Support of the global community building the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), creating a technology which will someday provide a practically limitless supply of energy;
-Advancing joint geological sciences related to seismic monitoring and earthquake prediction;
-Enabling new joint telemedical applications and practices;
-Strengthening current programs in nuclear weapons disposal, nuclear materials protection, accounting and control and active discussions on combating terrorist threats.
-Increasing classroom to-to-classroom cooperation to accessible scientists and students in other countries through the 24/7 EduCultural Channel, the “Virtual Science Museum of China,” the Russia-developed “Simple Words ” global essay contest, and a special partnership with International Junior Achievement.
There has been a great amount of interest in GLORIAD from the international THORPEX program, established in May 2003 as a ten-year international global atmospheric research and development program. According to Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of the US National Weather Service National Centers for Environmental Protection:
The potential for GLORIAD to play an important role in providing critical communication infrastructure for the THORPEX program is very clear.
For example, US researchers at universities and government labs (such as NOAA RL, the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation, the Environmental Prediction Center) will need to exchange huge amounts of data with colleagues in Japan, China, South Korea, Canada and other countries.This program involves as key partners, major weather prediction centers in Russia (including the Federal Hydrometereological Service, Europe, the US, China and other countries.
It is anticipated that the development of this program may yield significant social economic benefit to the entire world community as it aims to mitigate effects of natural weather-related phenomena by providing much more accurate 1-14 day forecasts.