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Wednesday, March 27 • 15:30 - 16:00
Climate Engine

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Incorporating climate data at appropriate spatial scales for decision-making and scientific research continues to be hindered by the paucity of long-term climate observations, particularly in regions with heterogeneous climate and land cover. Numerous gridded climate, weather, and remote sensing products have been developed to address the needs of both land managers and scientists, in turn enhancing scientific knowledge and strengthening early-warning systems. However, these data remain largely inaccessible for a broader segment of users given the computational demands of big data. Climate Engine (http://ClimateEngine.org) is a web-based application that overcomes many computational barriers that users face by employing Google’s parallel cloud-computing platform, Google Earth Engine, to process, visualize, download, and share climate and remote sensing datasets in real time. The software application development and design of Climate Engine is briefly outlined to illustrate the potential for high-performance processing of big data using cloud computing. Second, several examples are presented to highlight a range of climate research and applications related to drought, fire, ecology, and agriculture that can be rapidly generated using Climate Engine. The ability to access climate and remote sensing data archives with on-demand parallel cloud computing has created vast opportunities for advanced natural resource monitoring and process understanding.

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Wednesday March 27, 2019 15:30 - 16:00
Cedar Room Red Lion Downtowner, 1800 W Fairview Ave

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