Climate change has impacts on a global scale that are felt in our local communities. Whether it is coastal flooding that threatens lives and property, increased disruptions to agriculture, or ocean acidification hurting ecosystems, the risks have an impact on virtually every facet of our daily lives. Historically, agencies like National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) have focused on developing world-class science data to support scientific research. With the rapid growth in the innovation community and the advent of big data, there are opportunities to encourage the wider community to apply novel thought and methods to unlock the potential of the data to address critical climate vulnerabilities.
The National Climate Assessment produced by more than 300 experts across government and academia has already identified the current and future climate vulnerabilities. We need tools that utilize big data to help our local communities improve climate resilience, save our ecosystems, and prepare for climate change. We have climate data that is free and accessible, but much of it is not available through web services.
That‚Äôs where you come in.
This ideation challenge is designed to understand what data infrastructure you need and how you would use that infrastructure to create impactful products. What would you do if you didn‚Äôt need to download code or data from NASA or USGS, but simply invoked functions over the web instead? ¬†What kind of applications would that unlock? Which data sources would you use?
Recognizing the diversity of data across the United States Government and across the globe, the challenge is organized into three categories based on utilization of data sources:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† NASA. NASA‚Äôs Earth Science Division created the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS), a platform that provides end-to-end capabilities for managing NASA‚Äôs Earth science data from various sources ‚Äď satellites, aircraft, field measurements, and various other programs. With nearly 7,000 unique datasets and nearly 2 million users, EOSDIS distributed over 1 billion data products last year supporting scientific efforts around the world. Entries in this category may incorporate other federal datasets, but should include at least one NASA data source.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Federal data. The federal government creates and maintains many datasets and tools that can be used to assess the impacts of climate change. To continue momentum under the Climate Data Initiative, the Obama Administration is issuing a call for the public to leverage open government data resources to build tools assessing the impacts of climate change on the ecosystem services provided by our nation‚Äôs public lands. ¬†Federal agencies like the USGS produce long standing datasets such as National Integrated Drought Information System, LANDFIRE, National Hydrography, National Land Cover, Land Carbon, Ecosystems maps, Biodiversity data, and several species datasets that are relevant to addressing global climate challenges.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Open. Climate is a global affair and the collective resources of scientists and engineers everywhere can be drawn upon. ¬†Data will be provided from nonprofits, U.S. State organizations, private sector, and universities.
Your ideas can shape the development of systems and services to make innovation easier for climate resilience.
Atomized Project Plan
So what‚Äôs coming up, and how do I register? Simply select any of the contest names below to find out more about each specific contest, and register to participate.
|Idea Generation – All Federal Data Sources||12/15/2014||01/18/2015||Idea Generation|
|Idea generation – OPEN/ALL Global Data Sources||12/15/2014||01/18/2015||Idea Generation|
|Idea Generation – EOSDIS/NASA Data Sources||12/15/2014||01/18/2015||Idea Generation|
|Climate Resilience Data Harmful Algae App Design Concepts||01/27/2015||02/23/2015||Widget or Mobile Screen Design|
|Climate Resilience Data Permafrost App Design Concepts||01/27/2015||02/23/2015||Widget or Mobile Screen Design|
|Climate Resilience Data Tawa App Design Concepts||01/27/2015||02/23/2015||Widget or Mobile Screen Design|
|Climate Resilience Data Tawa iOS App UI Assembly 1||02/28/2015||03/16/2015||Assembly Competition|
|Climate Resilience Data Permafrost iOS App UI Assembly 1||03/03/2015||03/19/2015||Assembly Competition|
|Climate Resilience Data Tawa iOS App UI Assembly 2||03/17/2015||04/02/2015||Assembly Competition|
|Climate Resilience Data Permafrost iOS App UI Assembly 2||03/20/2015||04/05/2015||Assembly Competition|
*Phase 2 (Graphic Design) and Phase 3 (Prototyping) will proceed immediately after the winning ideas are announced.
In Partnership With
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is partnering with NASA in order to provide access to relevant federal climate data, reach additional stakeholders, and support innovative application development in the community.
For a crash course on climate change impacts, the National Climate Assessment provides a comprehensive overview of the current and future impacts of climate change on the United States.
The users will be many, the needs are specific. App ideas should focus on the regional vulnerabilities of climate change as identified in the National Climate Assessment (Highlights and the in-depth Detail).
Data Sources¬†have been compiled from NASA and USGS data sources as well as from across the federal government.