Big Data and Global Agriculture

One story that came out recently from ABC Rural is the expected damage to diverse segments of agriculture due to climate change, including fish stocks, dairy operations, vineyards, and fruit growth.  The expected warmer temperatures show a reduction in output with the warming temperatures in different ways due to different applications.

Another story about big data on the farm includes “hyperlocal” climate conditions covering a 20yr period (traditional averages are over 30yr periods) across the United States and the world.  Making data on the local scales available at affordable levels for farmers around the world, which while not mentioned in the article includes UAV operations and other Geomatics/GIS for small to micro farm operations.  It involves a form of “Big Data” that all can properly use with fair data use agreements on both sides of the data capture, use, and sharing.

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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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