FedTech Magazine: How NOAA’s Cloud Partnerships Drive Innovation

“With both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA recently designating 2019 as the second-warmest year on record, the changing climate looms large as an influencer of agency policies across the federal government.”

“In particular, extreme weather events such as hurricanes, blizzards, floods, heat waves and droughts are increasingly impacting policy and budget decisions.”

“These weather events threaten both U.S. persons and property and can’t be addressed by government alone. Many agencies are turning to technology partners to help tackle them…”

NOAA Shares Data in the Cloud

“In December, NOAA announced separate partnerships with some of the big cloud providers such as Google Cloud and Microsoft. These multiyear agreements provide public access to the agency’s vast collection of environmental data sets by way of the cloud.”

“Under their contracts, the cloud providers can charge a fee for compute or other data processing services, but they must provide free access to the data itself. This is no small feat, as the agency produces tens of terabytes of data every day from a variety of sources including satellites, radar, ships, weather models and other sources…”

Big Data Project Drives Access and Innovation

“The effort to share this data comes about thanks to NOAA’s Big Data Project. The project seeks to connect the agency’s data, through cloud industry partners, with the entrepreneurial energy of the U.S. economy, driving both open access and economic innovation at the same time.”

“The Big Data Project is one element of the Commerce Department’s 2018-2022 strategic plan, supporting the department’s efforts to reduce extreme weather impacts through improved access to NOAA’s data and improved partnerships with the country’s weather industry…” Read the full article here.

Source: How NOAA’s Cloud Partnerships Drive Innovation – By Alexander Slagg, January 24, 2020. FedTech Magazine.


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