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28 March – Workshop

Workshop: Big data implications for weather data & flood management

Sponsored by Orbtial Micro Systems (OMS)

Thursday 28 March, 11:00-13:00

This workshop will focus on implications of big data for weather data & flood management.

Session 1: The coming weather data overload: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Satellite weather data is delivered in different formats, and not all users have the expertise or resources to process it quickly into usable information. Quality control is lacking, and world-wide distribution is uneven. The problems – and opportunities – will grow in the coming years as constellations of new weather satellites are launched. In this session we discuss the systemic burdens in weather processing and the impending flood of new information.

Speakers:

  • David Gallaher, Senior Associate Scientist and Principle Investigator, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Boulder, Colorado, US
  • Dr. Glenn Grant, Data Scientist, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, US
  • William Hosack, CEO and President, Orbital Micro Systems, Oxforshire, UK and Boulder, Colorado, US
  • Dr. Jasmina Lazić, Chief Data Technologist, Bayes Centre, University of Edinburgh

Session 2: Taming the data overload: Delivering timely and consistent weather data to users

As the challenges of weather data processing grow, tools are being developed to handle the flood of new information. Cloudbased processing has the potential to revolutionize data ingestion, quality control, distribution, decision making tools, and outcomes. In this session we discuss the advantages of Analysis Ready Data (ARD) and cloud-based tools for processing and distributing large volumes of weather data.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Glenn Grant, Data Scientist, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, US
  • David Gallaher, Senior Associate Scientist and Principle Investigator, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Boulder, Colorado, US
  • William Hosack, CEO and President, Orbital Micro Systems, Oxforshire, UK and Boulder, Colorado, US