Climate Alive!

April 16, 2008 - 09:21:12 PM


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CLIMATE ALIVE ! An *excellent* seven-minute film about Asheville North Carolina's role in understanding climate change.

"The need has never been greater for accurate and understandable information about climate change and its impacts.

The Centers for Environmental and Climatic Interaction (CECI) is a non-profit partnership among government, academia and industry that provides trusted climate change information and analysis to policymakers, business leaders and the public.

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, home of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, CECI provides innovative education strategies, natural resource impact analysis, visualization technologies and other tools for making crucial decisions.

Leading edge visualization tools, including geodomes designed and produced by the Asheville-based company, The Elumenati , are a key component of the city’s climate services skill set."

"As people everywhere focus on climate change and what it means for our communities and our planet, Asheville’s Centers for Environmental and Climatic Interaction (CECI) is building on Western North Carolina’s established expertise in regional, national and global climate analysis, its biodiversity and its digital arts expertise to turn climate data into services that provide decision-makers in many sectors with information that will enable them to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

Asheville is home to ten of the scientists and other experts ho were recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The jewel in our growing climate services community is NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), whose scientists are the stewards of the world’s largest archive of
environmental data. Many advantages in place in Asheville are making the city a center for capabilities to understand and address climate change.

For example, because mining the massive, high-resolution environmental databases and live data feeds flowing into CDC takes immense amounts of bandwidth, it pays to be physically close to the archives. Plenty of bandwidth is available -- a high-capacity fiber optic network providing advanced telecommunications infrastructure is made possible by ERC Broadband (www.ercbroadband.org) and several public/private partnerships. ERC also provides high
performance computing and secure data storage.

Another plus is NCDC’s willingness to collaborate with experts in Asheville who have complementary skills. NCDC and the City of Asheville’s former planning director, for
instance, are partnering to develop a climate change manual for urban and rural planners.
Collaboration also brings together Asheville’s scientists, artists, global information systems experts, mathematicians and other talented professionals.

The Media Arts Project, or the MAP (www.themap.org), cultivates innovative arts and technology in Western North Carolina. Its members include visualization experts who turn massive amounts of data into 3-D weather models that facilitate the making of policy creation and decisions."

Source:CECI Fact Sheet