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Improving Data Availability and Accessibility
IBM is pleased to announce its new NOAA Earth Systems Data Portal, through which users can select and download data relevant to multiple industries and individuals.
As a part of the Big Data Project, IBM is committed to improving the availability and accessibility of NOAA data. While NOAA archives data from select datasets and continues to amass incredibly large amounts of data daily it has been a challenge for the agency to develop user-friendly web interfaces that allow for the kind of access to earth data that users would be able to analyze and interpret.
In an effort to rapidly develop a user-friendly interface, the first iteration will allow users to download two NOAA datasets, with the potential to add additional datasets in the near future. Two NOAA datasets are available for download:
After careful consideration, IBM determined that NOAA's Rapid Refresh (RAP) dataset would prove valuable to a multitude of users looking to address different problems. RAP offers granular data both temporally and geographically as forecasts are updated every hour out to 18 hours, with a horizontal resolution of 13 kilometers.
Users interested in RAP data will be able to extract easily, manipulate and store subsets of the RAP dataset to conduct their own analysis or research. Additionally, users can take advantage of IBM's suite of Bluemix services to design and develop various applications that incorporate RAP data.
In addition, IBM has developed use cases and demos to illustrate how Bluemix services might be used in conjunction with RAP data to address two unrelated problems.
Numerical model developed through a synthesis of data from weather stations, balloons, and satellites
Includes variables such as wind speed and direction, temperature, rate of precipitation, cloud cover in addition to roughly 300 other variables
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Data
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) data will enable insights for a variety of users, including government agencies, members of the commercial fishing industry, members of the public, and other interested parties. The datasets include a rich selection of information, providing insight into fish species abundance, fishing industry activities, and regulatory classifications of fish habitats. Many of the datasets also offer a remarkable historical reach, stretching back up to 25 years. This provides users with opportunities for analyzing trends over time.
Users will have access to several data sets, including Trawl, Observer, and Essential Fish Habitat data.
IBM is currently working with other federal agencies and private industry to develop use cases.