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Optimisation of solar synoptic observations
Author(s): Miroslav Klvaňa; Michal Sobotka; Michal Švanda
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Paper Abstract

The development of instrumental and computer technologies is connected with steadily increasing needs for archiving of large data volumes. The current trend to meet this requirement includes the data compression and growth of storage capacities. This approach, however, has technical and practical limits. A further reduction of the archived data volume can be achieved by means of an optimisation of the archiving that consists in data selection without losing the useful information. We describe a method of optimised archiving of solar images, based on the selection of images that contain a new information. The new information content is evaluated by means of the analysis of changes detected in the images. We present characteristics of different kinds of image changes and divide them into fictitious changes with a disturbing effect and real changes that provide a new information. In block diagrams describing the selection and archiving, we demonstrate the influence of clouds, the recording of images during an active event on the Sun, including a period before the event onset, and the archiving of long-term history of solar activity. The described optimisation technique is not suitable for helioseismology, because it does not conserve the uniform time step in the archived sequence and removes the information about solar oscillations. In case of long-term synoptic observations, the optimised archiving can save a large amount of storage capacities. The actual capacity saving will depend on the setting of the change-detection sensitivity and on the capability to exclude the fictitious changes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 84480A (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925317
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Miroslav Klvaňa, Astronomical Institute of the AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Michal Sobotka, Astronomical Institute of the AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Michal Švanda, Astronomical Institute of the AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8448:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Fernando Comeron, Editor(s)

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