Tracking Hurricane Irene With Open Data

Tracking Hurricane Irene With Open Data

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Getting information quickly during severe weather: open data can help.

New York City, 27 August 2011

(by Ton Zijlstra)

With Hurricane Irene passing over the eastern part of the USA this weekend, it is important for people to be able to track information quickly as well as having that information presented in a useful and understandable way.

Publicly available data, from both government and private sources, can be used for this. Most of those sources are of course distributed, but bringing them together is easy when it's available and reusable as open data, and when it can be combined using mapping tools such as for instance Google provides.

The result is a map based overview for New York and New Jersey that brings together information from public sector bodies on evacuation zones and routes, the NOAA national hurricane center, the Red Cross on available shelters, utility companies on power outages, as well as bringing in radar images and satellite images of the cloud formations.

epsiplatform team