A climate resilient society depends heavily on high quality environmental data.
We cannot hope to make informed decisions about our planet, or the effects of the environment on us using the data currently available to us. It is simply insufficient in so many ways.
Not only are there massive gaps in environmental data coverage worldwide – some spanning thousands of square miles, but those data are often unusable in their raw forms and are frequently hidden away in an inaccessible government archive center. These government centers may also create several different data sets from the same data, depending on how those data are processed. Each dataset may contain a different value for a location even though the same data were used. Furthermore, many of these datasets provide only the “nearest” observations, which may be miles away from the location of interest. Transforming those data into usable information, can be costly and time consuming.
It is possible to obtain environmental data from a nearby weather station sitting on top of an elementary school or in a neighbor’s back yard, but do we know what the quality of those data really are? Is the school’s thermometer reporting 140F because it is actually that hot, or because it is sitting over a black-top roof? Most backyard weather stations are only accurate to within a few degrees, making estimating variability and change difficult using low accuracy, as it may hide important signals.
We are presently faced with many obstacles:
- Major data holes
- Unusable data sets
- Inaccessible data
- Inaccurate data
- Multiple values for single location/time
- Data scattered across multiple agencies and data centers
- Nearest value may be miles away
- No way to transform the data
We address these problems by making it simple and economical for anyone to collect research-quality environmental data anywhere and at any time and we in turn, deliver the highest-quality data to our clients. After our platform receives those data, we process them to produce a high quality and high-resolution environmental data solution. Instead of hunting and searching for the right data for your needs, our one-stop access portal delivers the environmental information your request, along with essential information about its quality and degree of certainty.