The Obama administration has called upon Microsoft, Google and Intel to create tool for local governments to use in preparation for climate change.
The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA have launched the Coastal Flooding Challenge (CFC) that will combine private sector data with government information to create images and simulation of predictions for possible future hazards.
The purpose for this move is to “stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate-change preparedness.”
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) praised President Obama for making the right decision on climate change with this technological initiative that will “enhance long-range decisions and planning.”
As a corporate partner, Google will have access to federal databases to build “the first hi-res terrain map of the planet to show how sea levels and other climate-related changes are occurring. It’s donating one petabyte — or one billion megabytes — of cloud storage for the endeavor.”
Rebecca Moore, engineering manager for Google Earth Engine (GEE) and Earth Outreach (EO) explained that Google “can help make sense out of vast amounts of data” and her corporation hopes “to help people prepare for extreme heat, drought, sea level rise and flooding as easily as they use Google maps to get driving directions.”
Microsoft has donated cloud storage capabilities with 800 terabytes for climate change research projects and Fetch Climate tools communities can use customize their reaction plans.
Intel will strengthen their defenses against hackers with hack-a-thons taking place in New Orleans, Chesapeake Bay and San Jose wherein engineering and computer science students can create apps and software tools with access to federal data.
In conjunction with the World Bank Climate Data Initiative (CDI), the Obama administration has employed domestic corporations, academia, and private groups to bring information to the public.
This coincides with the launch of climate.data.gov , a central hub for information on climate change with a focus on coastal flooding, rising sea levels, public health concerns, energy infrastructure and maintaining food supplies.
John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology (OST) assured the public that “its going to be a huge asset in preparing communities for climate change.”