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JSW 2010 Vol.5(6): 671-679 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.5.6.671-679

Distributed Geospatial Analysis through Web Processing Service: A Case Study of Earthquake Disaster Assessment

Xiaoliang Meng1, Yichun Xie2, Fuling Bian1
1Research Center of Spatial Information and Digital Engineering, Wuhan University Wuhan, Hubei 430079, China
2Institute for Geospatial Research and Education, Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 48197, USA

Abstract—Web Processing Service (WPS) is a new standard approved by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), which is aimed to define a standardized interface facilitating the publishing of geospatial processes, and the discovery of and binding to those processes by clients. WPS also acts as a middleware service that obtains geospatial data from an external resource in order to run a process on a local implementation. Consequently, it can be used to wrap other existing OGC geospatial standards designed to provide geospatial services, such as Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS) so as to achieve distributed geospatial analyses. This paper demonstrates three approaches of using WPS to chain geospatial services. The methods are illustrated through a prototype online system for conducting Earthquake Disaster Assessment.

Index Terms—Distributed geospatial analysis, Geospatial service, Web Processing Service, Services chain, Earthquake Disaster Assessment System.

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Cite: Xiaoliang Meng, Yichun Xie, Fuling Bian, "Distributed Geospatial Analysis through Web Processing Service: A Case Study of Earthquake Disaster Assessment," Journal of Software vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 671-679, 2010.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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