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27 March 2014



Esri throws weight behind White House climate change initiative

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In the UK, train services in the south-west remain disrupted after violent winter storms destroyed track; eastern Europe enjoyed an unusually mild winter; in the USA, 2012 saw 300 deaths due to violent weather events and an estimated $110 billion in damage.

Pretty much anywhere you go in the world, people are talking about climate change.

Mapping technology leader ESRI is at Intertraffic after throwing its weight behind President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by launching a competition for developers to come up with applications to help people respond to climate change.

The ESRI Climate Resilience App Challenge invites developers to create an app using the ESRI ArcGIS platform to help communities see, understand, and prepare for climate risks. Three winners will receive $15,000 or software equivalent.

Apps may help communities prepare for, react to, and recover from severe events caused by climate, or enable everyday changes to reduce our carbon footprint. They could address challenges in public safety, transportation, economic development, healthcare, and more. Apps will be judged on the creative and effective use of data.
“ESRI is really supporting the White House initiative,” said ESRI global transportation industry manager Terry Bills at Intertraffic yesterday. “The US government has made a tremendous amount of data available that can be used by developers. ESRI is providing the software.
“The intention is to unleash the creative energy of thousands of developers who will look at these issues in new and unique ways.”

Winning apps will be featured at the ESRI International User Conference, scheduled for July in San Diego where more than 15,000 ESRI users come together to share ideas.

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