Interactive Global Weather Resources Available Through aWhere Inc.'s Open Platform
This post was written by Lizzy Leighty, Communications and Marketing Associate at aWhere. To learn more about the aWhere platform please read the FACET Project's ICT and Ag Profile: aWhere Weather.
As climate change threatens the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers throughout the developing world, aWhere, Inc. announces the inclusion of new global weather resources to help address food security and adaptation to climate change. The aWhere Platform now offers free access to satellite derived precipitation data and localized weather data for Mexico and Central America.
The new satellite derived precipitation product, created by Colorado State University, uses microwave satellite sensors to provide unprecedented access to localized, global precipitation data. These data, which have better spatial and temporal resolution than existing sources, are now a significant part of the aWhere Platform.
These resources are now accessible through aWhere’s interactive, web based tool. The Platform offers free access to weather data for Eastern, Western, and Southern Africa; South Asia; Central America; and Mexico. Platform users have access to historical, daily-observed, and forecasted hyper-localized weather data for key variables including precipitation, temperature, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed, and growing degree days. Users interact with gridded data (available in a 5-arc minute resolution, or 9 x 9 km grid cell) through rich maps, graphs, and table tools, all accessed via the internet. Additionally, users can customize web-based weather analyses, download data for further analysis, and monitor weather patterns through emailed alerts and reports.
Access to localized, accessible weather data plays a crucial and growing role in agricultural development. Armed with weather information, farmers, extension workers, researchers, and policy makers can make informed decisions, which can mean the difference between food security and hunger for many small-scale farmers in these regions.
Current platform users leverage aWhere’s weather data to inform their decision making, unique examples of use include:
- Developing bio-climatic indicators showing the impact of weather on farmer’s food security and economic development
- Simulating crop growth models in areas where weather stations are not available
- As guidelines for establishing new field trial locations
- Utilizing weather data as part of early warning systems, or to predict the occurrence of climate-driven events
“As the impacts of climate change become more devastating, the need for easily communicable weather data is vital for those living in the developing world,” says aWhere CEO Dr. John Corbett, “These changes to the Platform represent aWhere’s commitment to provide high quality weather data and location intelligence in support of global development.”