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Every single day, the world’s archive of earth information increases exponentially. Satellite imagery, radar observations, weather readings, and meteorology are constantly recorded for consumer, military, and scientific purposes. Also on a daily basis, many of these observations are transformed into forecast models. These data comprise the world’s climate record. In a time of growing concern as to the affects of climate change, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to communicate and collaborate on climate science effectively.
It is imperative that we share data, allow colleagues to “play” with our models (tune, validate, stress test, etc.), and publish our results in the most interactive, democratic ways that modern technology allows. If one believes that better scientific results can come from better collaboration between scientists and quicker, broader dissemination of results, then the information systems we use to perform climate study must be designed to support this, being more transparent and readily configurable by researchers separated by space and time.
OGC and its members are working to realize this vision through a series of initiatives starting with the Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest 2009 (CCIP 2009). In this initiative we experimented with ways to share the world’s meteorological and weather forecast data through open standards for geospatial information sharing.
My talk will describe the work done in 2009 to facilitate climate information sharing. But more importantly, I will talk about the more advanced work on collaborative, distributed computational modeling (the current buzzword for this is cloud computing I suppose) that we are leading for CCIP 2010. CCIP 2009 is basically a “lost leader” to bring organizations to the table to pool their expertise and resources to begin the work that will define some people’s careers.
To this end, I also support the proposal made by Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan from Osaka University, a participant in CCIP 2010. I hope that Where2.0 can bring together a number of climate researchers and activists and be a place where some initial brainstorming on bottom-up climate study can occur.
Raj Singh is Director of Interoperability Programs at the Open Geospatial Consortium. He manages multi-firm, multi-national software R&D projects, runs OGC’s compliance testing program, and is one of the designers of GeoRSS.
Currently Dr. Singh is leading leading a major project to advance information sharing in building construction and design software. His passion is aligning geospatial standards with the general IT industry, and increasing the pervasiveness of geospatial services throughout society.
Dr. Singh obtained a Masters in City Planning and a PhD in Urban Studies & Planning from MIT, and a BA in Economics from Brown University.