The well-known and commonly used proverb "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” places health in first place before wealth and wisdom. Indeed, good health is of paramount importance to us all, but achieving it depends on our wisdom and (unfortunately) also often our wealth.
In 2015, the World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC) underwent renewal in order to modernize workflows, implementation and provide added value to the Ozone/UV communities. WOUDC is one of six World Data Centres which are part of the Global Atmosphere Watch programme of the World Meteorological Organization.
It was a great personal pleasure for me to attend the the 98th OGC Technical Committee Meeting earlier this month at the World Bank in Washington, DC. The venue, attendees and scope of important work made me immensely proud of the organization that I have served for more than 21 years.
Geospatial technologies help the World Bank to effectively serve its client governments, particularly in the sphere of land management and economic development. Land management involves many domains: law, government, real estate, water, forestry, agriculture, banking, community development, and others.
OGC and OGC’s Testbed 11 interoperability initiative, which addressed Urban Climate Resilience, were officially recognized in the December 2014 Fact Sheet about the White House Climate Data Initiative. Also mentioned in that document were GoodCompany Ventures (GCV) and the expansion of Climate Ventures 2.0.
This is a story about how water data standards, computational hard work, high-performance computing, serendipity and synergy led to an operational capability for nationwide forecasting of streamflow and flooding at high-resolution, in near-real-time. This has been evolving for several years now, but has gone into hyper-drive in just the last couple years.