Big Data vs. Climate Change
Tech company EMC Corporation, Pivotal, and the Earthwatch Institute, in association with the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, announced Tuesday Big Data vs. Climate Change: EMC & Citizen Scientists Team Up.
This new program, announced in conjunction with the White House Climate Data Initiative, will enable the study of interactions between nature and climate and promote the engagement of citizen scientists using big data lakes, analytic tools and visualizations.
Around the world, researchers and citizen scientists are collecting data on the impact of climate change on environment. The data is rich and full of insight, but also disparate and difficult for many people to understand.
The new Big Data vs. Climate Change project plans to enhance the power of data being collected to provide increased analytics and present interactive visualizations of information in forms more accessible to citizens, educators, and scientists worldwide.
Using best of breed data lake architecture including EMC platforms and Pivotal software solutions, the program will begin with researchers working in Acadia National Park to understand bird migration and pull in the publically available citizen science data sets from eBird, iNaturalist, HawkWatch, the National Phenology Network, and the National Park Service.
The outputs of analysis will be presented through visualizations that allow citizen scientists to understand how their data is being used and the potential effects of a changing climate on the subjects they study, while also providing key insights for park officials to plan the resources and tools needed to maintain park programs.
Looking ahead, the program plans to include additional data sets from Earthwatch’s global research partners, and create a data science sandbox allowing citizen scientists to gain the data science expertise they need to build their skills and interact with their data in a deeper way.