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Four short links: 27 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 26, 2012

Improving the Security Posture of Industrial Control Systems (NSA) — common-sense that owners of ICS should already be doing, but which (because it comes from the NSA) hopefully they’ll listen to. See also Wired article on NSA targeting domestic SCADA …

A new look for weather data

By Audrey Watters
September 13, 2011

WeatherSpark co-founder Jacob Norda talks about making weather data — both real-time and historical — more accessible and intuitive.

A new look for weather data

A new look for weather data
By Audrey Watters
September 13, 2011

WeatherSpark co-founder Jacob Norda talks about making weather data — both real-time and historical — more accessible and intuitive.

New tools and techniques for applying climate data

By Michael Ferrari
August 31, 2011

Climate cycles, machine learning and improved models were all part of the discussions at the first New York Academy of Sciences Workshop on Climate Informatics.

New tools and techniques for applying climate data

By Michael Ferrari
August 31, 2011

Climate cycles, machine learning and improved models were all part of the discussions at the first New York Academy of Sciences Workshop on Climate Informatics.

Interest in renewable energy could benefit data services

By Michael Ferrari
April 28, 2011

The increase of large-scale infrastructure investments in the alternative energy sector will likely be accompanied by demand for data-driven services that can optimize efficiency of the related operational costs.

La Nina and global commodities

By Michael Ferrari
January 11, 2011

In the weather and climate community, 2010 will be remembered as a year where the strong La Nina pattern exerted a significant influence on global agricultural production.

An ensemble approach to weather forecasting

By Michael Ferrari
December 6, 2010

A potential new partnership between U.S. agencies and the Indian Meteorological Department could could open up an "ensemble approach" to forecasting that encourages collaboration and breaks down proprietary barriers.

Growing new data streams

By Michael Ferrari
November 11, 2010

High-quality and high-margin products will come to market that have their roots in agricultural data acquisition and repackaging.

Weather data and the supply chain

Weather data and the supply chain
By Michael Ferrari
October 11, 2010

A forecast -- weather or otherwise -- is always a blend of art and science. Nothing is foolproof. But in this post, Michael Ferrari shows how simple analysis can reveal a connection between a weather event (La Niña) and commodity production (milk).

Sensor networks and the future of forecasting

Sensor networks and the future of forecasting
By Michael Ferrari
September 8, 2010

Identifying extreme weather patterns can minimize impact when that weather arrives. But to improve long-range forecasts, we'll need to create environmental sensor networks out of phones, satellites and other technology.

Plenty of Choices in Weather Apps

By Dave Aiello
January 15, 2009

With the weather as brutal as it's likely to get this winter in much of the Continental United States, now is a great time to take a quick look at the leading free weather apps for your iPhone and iPod...

Analysis 2009: Carbon Markets Heat Up, but so does the Weather

By Kurt Cagle
January 6, 2009

Another area where the rise and fall of oil will have a big impact is going to be on climate change amelioration efforts. Reducing carbon emissions is a considerably more hot button issue politically when the price of gasoline...

Engineering Tornado Intercepts - Dr. Joshua Wurman Discusses Mobile Doppler Radars

Engineering Tornado Intercepts - Dr. Joshua Wurman Discusses Mobile Doppler Radars
By James Turner
December 15, 2008

If you've watched the Discovery Channel series "Storm Chasers", you will be familiar with Dr. Joshua Wurman and his Doppler on Wheels radar, which he uses to study tornadoes up close and personal every spring. We spent some time last week speaking to Dr. Wurman about what it takes, technologically, to operate a weather radar in 100 mile per hour winds in the middle of a lightening storm. We also talked about the value of this kind of research to both tornado and hurricane research, and how having a film crew around during missions affects the science.

A Certain Sense of Powerlessness

By James Turner
December 14, 2008

If you haven't been keeping up with the news coming out of the North Eastern US over the last few days, we've had a little bit weather. That is to say, we had about an inch of ice cover everything it could on Thursday night, and gravity being what it is, a lot of trees and power poles decided this would be a good time to lie down and take a little rest.

Hurricane Ike Blows in New Approaches to Social Tech

Hurricane Ike Blows in New Approaches to Social Tech
By Kurt Cagle
September 14, 2008

One hundred and eight years after a storm that wiped Galveston off the map, Hurricane Ike made landfall over Galveston and Houston to the northwest. While the winds were not as strong, the eye of the storm had pressures more closely associated with a Class 4 hurricane than a strong Class 2. The island was hit with a storm surge of roughly 13 feet, enough to smash houses, cover roads with debris (including large boats) and leave the downtown area under up to as much as seven feet of water at one point.


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