Where are we going in modeling in 2014?

Here we are in the hottest days of the year here in 2014, where are are and where are we going?  We know that meteorology is the study of the weather, the physics equations have not changed;Geographic Information Systems is a layering of information with one or more databases behind it, is in our pockets on our phones via the cloud more and more;Geomatics covers surveying and civil engineering by multiple techniques that get more exact with time.

Meteorology thought processes cover many shades of grey as by nature we cannot solve the equations which in realistic terms mean finding the direction and speed of each air molecule in the world, so we adjust by assumptions of larger air parcels which are worked into weather models which are improving each year.  Geomatics by nature is a more exact science and technology based on geometry of aerial photos and returns of mostly infrared lasers down to smaller and smaller measurements.

In the end it comes down on how to combine technologies to move forward in our enlightened world.  Our theories and technologies continue to grow in our connected world and monetized in some form.  In the latest issue of Fortune (June 30, 2014), they have a segment on The New Metropolis, on how cities are building 3D infrastructure models of the entire city one block or building at a time to monetize energy savings in today’s tight economy, to promote public safety.

At the same time, Bloomberg Businessweek has two articles that are worth mentioning in their July 7-13, 2014 issue, the first is the next eventual large scale power outage due to space weather.  It is not if but when, our infrastructure will get hit hard and be taken out for a significant period of time, what matters is what we are doing as country and world, as we cannot think of just the United States in today’s interconnected world, we are truly global.  How can we minimize the effects, have enough emergency plans in place worldwide for relief, and a plan and budget to rebuild.  This covers the different backgrounds of meteorology, Geomatics, but also global finance.

The other article is on the NSA but the sections about global computer security are more important to study.  Beyond just the meteorology and Geomatics datasets, there are many other datasets worldwide that people want to keep safe, to protect their intellectual property.  Not only is intellectual property theft something that effects companies to entire local to national economies, it keeps a technological convergence from evolving.  We have not evolved beyond a nation-state model of the last century yet, while there is much outsourcing going on, on a international scale for some technologies, others are still highly protected, to study any international relations publications you can see the interconnectedness between many different technologies and countries and economies.  The world is not the same in Minneapolis, Minnesota as it is in Calcutta, India, Moscow, London, or Mafeking, South Africa.  One of the coming challenges of Generation X and the Millennial generation and beyond is overcoming these barriers through technology.


About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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