Although it is what it is, we all look at weather from different perspectives. Farmers look with hope at rain predictions and worry about extreme weather events like frosts. Urban planners design cities that are adapted to specific weather conditions, and their decisions have to hold for decades, shaping the day to day of thousands of people. Researchers are more interested in reproducing certain conditions and processes, to understand them better.
Climate change ripples across society, affecting multiple sectors: city planning, transport, water management, agriculture, forest management and many others. On a global scale, efforts like the European Green Deal are devoting an enormous quantity of resources to fight against climate change in a way that leaves no one and no place behind.
As a spin-off company from the University of Cantabria, research and innovation lies at our very core. That’s why we are starting a new series of posts: Predictia Papers. We want to display our academic side, explaining some of the papers in which we have participated. We hope you enjoy it!
Over the last 10 years, renewable energies have really taken off. Only in Europe, clean energy has stepped up from providing an 8% of the energy consumed in 2009, to 18% in 2018. In the midst of the climate emergency, the European Commission has set an ambitious objective through its Green Deal: to achieve a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050.
Climate change influences our day to day lives: from direct consecuences, like crops affected by increasing heat waves, to unexpected effects like the diminishing productivity of food security inspectors. Over the last decades, this situation has created a strong need for reliable climate services: tools that facilitate the access to climate information.
From Ubuntu and Inkscape, to more specific tools related to Big Data and climate, at Predictia we rely on Open Source projects to our day to day. Why? There are several reasons: