J9.3 Leveraging Private-Sector Innovation in Weather Data Collection for Better Forecasts of High-Impact Events

Tuesday, 12 January 2016: 2:00 PM
Room 344 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Rob Kursinski, PlanetiQ, Boulder, CO

Private-sector innovation in commercial weather satellites, sensors on commercial aircraft, drones, commercial surface-based networks, and crowd-sourced data via mobile phones and automobiles is transforming the world of environmental data collection in ways that were barely imagined when Hurricane Katrina made landfall a decade ago. The merging of these new data sources with increasing access to traditional data sources in the public domain and advances in high-performance computing, modeling and data mining will drive dramatically better forecasts and decision support services for high-impact weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy rainfall and winter storms.
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