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Professor Rood writes about climate information barriers

Posted: June 16, 2014

Professor Rood writes about climate information barriers

Professor Ricky Rood and U-M Department of History and School of Information Professor Paul Edwards wrote an article for Earthzine about the barriers of climate information systems.

Earthzine is an online source for news, articles and information from the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation (ICEO). The article, entitled, “Climate Informatics: Human Experts and the End-to-End System,” was published in May 2014.

“In this article, we argue for a fundamental refocusing of cyberinfrastructure to support not only climate science per se, but also the broader use of climate information. We start by recognizing that human contributions – direct communication with experts – are often required to make climate information usable. We posit that through examination of real-world examples, we can identify patterns that treat data acquisition, analysis, and application as an integrated workflow rather a collection of unrelated tools. We maintain the importance of open, community-based approaches to support development of standards and shared services. Our ultimate goal is to accelerate the use of state-of-the-art climate information in management and planning,” the article states.

To read the full article, please visit Earthzine.

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