Climate Change and Disaster Resilience

The biggest threat facing Earth’s diverse inhabitants continues to increase. The changes to Earth’s climate - wrought through over consumption and the continued burning of fossil fuels - are now resulting in frequent extreme events and disasters.

OGC and Climate Change

From hurricanes and floods to wildfires and droughts, the disruption of the equilibrium of Earth’s complex systems has moved the climate emergency from the realm of abstract warnings to real-world consequences.

The transition away from dirty energy sources remains frustratingly slow. As such, our strategy for survival has moved away from impact minimization to impact resilience. Such resilience will require simultaneously: a severe reduction of carbon output and removal of existing carbon from the atmosphere; the creation and adoption of data-driven strategies for survival that are informed by predictive models and current observations of the changing climate, weather patterns, water and food abundance, and the many conditions required for life.

While only a few of us are in a position to address the first prong, OGC is perfectly positioned to support the second: any piece of data concerning the climate can be tied to a location – whether it’s Sensor Data monitoring e.g. soil moisture, Earth Observation (EO) data from satellites in space, meteorological data, data concerning energy consumption, etc. – all of it concerns a place in space and time. Location data standards allow the easy integration of data about a specified place and time, no matter its source.

OGC is currently working on FAIR Climate standards, APIs, best practices, and guides that aim to make climate data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable while utilizing the latest technologies, such as federated clouds, Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI), Climate Intelligence (CLINT), data cubes, and Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (AI/ML).

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OGC and Disaster Resilience

Alongside Climate Change is the ever-present threat of disasters across the globe. Flooding, wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes, and other disasters are happening with greater frequency and impact. OGC stands ready for this challenge working with stakeholders across North America.

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In the United States, OGC is also working with The US DoD, NGA, NSGIC, NOAH, NASA, NRCan, and industry experts to combat disasters through better preparedness and awareness. OGC Disaster Resilience sits at the center of this new approach that aims to enable first responders, operators, and other stakeholders to help improve the lives and safety of the continent through key technologies and interoperable standards.

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