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GIF at the White House Climate Data Initiative Launch
Prior to the launch event, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Council on Environmental Quality convened a Climate Data Innovation workshop. It was a great opportunity to foster a dialogue between technologists, scientists, and local decision makers from across the country with a variety of experiences and expertise, all focusing on the future of enabling climate change data analysis at the local level. I was thrilled to give a demonstration of Cal-Adapt’s capabilities to the participants.
|Photo taken during the workshop by NASA’s Beth Beck (via twitter)|
During the brief presentation, I highlighted the variety of tools available in the site that cover different aspects of how temperature, sea level rise, snowpack, precipitation, and wildfire risk are projected to change in California, and how Cal-Adapt was developed to help planners and decision makers throughout the State better understand the impacts that are projected to occur in their communities. I ended with a mention of what is in store for the future of the site, including the upcoming publication of a RESTful API that will enable web developers from any organization to programmatically tap into Cal-Adapt’s data and map resources to build their own tools.
View a short video demonstration here:
Through publishing a RESTful API, we will no longer be limiting the development of Cal-Adapt tools to our own development team. Indeed anyone will be able to leverage the powerful and open resources abound online to make their own tools that answer the very specific problems that are important to them. These developers will also be able to “mash up” our data and services with others to explore topics that are not possible without additional information. Check out Maggi's blog for more info and links to the presentations.
After the workshop, the White House hosted a launch event that featured several notable speakers from the administration and technology sectors. It was fantastic to see the energy and commitment that everyone is bringing to this ultimate challenge and I am thrilled at the prospect that a broad community of engaged people are coming together to take it on.
In addition to developing Cal-Adapt, the GIF has taken on projects that include several notable national efforts. We are working with USGS to host visualization and analysis tools for their LandCarbon program. We are developing the Berkeley Ecoinformatics Engine to integrate UC Berkeley’s vast biological data resources. And most recently, we are working with the NASA Earth Exchange to build API and visualization resources for their amazing wealth of data. Though these projects focus on different themes, they are unified by a common element: helping people better understand our changing world. We will continue to seek ways to leverage and connect our projects to ensure the successful outcomes. I look forward to seeing many more projects develop as a result of the Climate Data Initiative and hope that our facility may continue to contribute to the effort in a meaningful way.
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