In May 2018, Ed Hawkins launched a climate visualisation that made the rounds around the world. The Climate Stripes. A strikingly simple visualisation, to convey a powerful message: the rising temperatures due to climate change. No axis, no numbers. Just colours. The intention was, as Hawkins explains, “to start conversations around climate change”1, especially with people that never talk about climate. At Predictia, we usually find ourselves in a similar position.
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Weather forecasting is an expansive market worldwide, projected to grow from an estimated USD 1.5 billion in 2020 to USD 2.3 billion by 20251. Forecasting, especially medium-term, provides useful insights to companies, businesses and public organisations, allowing them to plan ahead and prevent serious damage that comes from heat waves, heavy raining or extreme winds. However, maintaining a forecasting service is an investment that is usually weighed against other internal priorities and resources.
Just like the wheat grain suffers many transformations until it becomes bread, climate and meteorological data go through many processes until it reaches the end-user. So, how can we keep track of them, to ensure data quality, reliability and trustworthiness? Meet METACLIP
Although it is what it is, we all look at the 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!