Turn to the nation's most objective and informative daily environmental news resource to learn how the United States and key players around the world are responding to the environmental...
Sept. 22 — The U.S. government is teaming up with Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and others to put big data to work for climate change preparedness.
Their new Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) will try to bridge the gap between the climate data that exists in static reports or in vast databases and the communities, companies and investors who need it for decision making.
“Oftentimes all of our data sets are produced in relatively complex domains and they are usable only by experts,” Valliappa Lakshmanan, Google’s cloud manager, said Sept. 22 at an event in New York held by the World Resources Institute, one of their partners. To facilitate analysis, he said, “we need to think about how can we promote both sophisticated use of the data and use by laypersons.”
The partnership’s online platform, currently in beta, will allow communities to see and interact with different data sets that could help them assess and manage risks from more extreme weather events and other impacts of climate change. At least a dozen communities will test the platform by the end of 2017.
PREP came out of a climate data initiative that the Obama administration launched in 2014 to identify relevant data sets and open them up.
Amazon’s cloud-computing subsidiary is making new data sets available on the cloud at no cost. Google is helping organize priority climate data in the cloud to make it easy to perform small- and large-scale analytics. And Microsoft is holding workshops to identify data gaps and barriers.
“We envision a world in which communities and governments at all levels have access to timely, relevant, and up-to-date information that supports management of climate variability and change,” they said Sept. 22 in a joint declaration with the World Bank and additional public and private sector partners from around the globe.
To contact the reporter on this story: Andrea Vittorio in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at email@example.com
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)