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Power usage in London

In this section you’ll look at a dataset and consider how it could be used to solve a real world challenge. Watch Richard Lamb of Innovate UK, explain the exercise …

Big data computing

In this video, Dr Jon Blower explains why you need sufficiently powerful computers to process big data to ensure it is usable, accessible and relevant for users. Jon mentions Map …

The four V’s of data

Let’s look at some of the key points when storing large volumes of data and the associated challenges. Volume: Victoria talks about data size in her video, CEDA currently have …

Big data storage: CEDA

The Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) has been working with big data for 22 years – since before the phrase ‘big data’ was coined. Watch Dr Victoria Bennett, Head …

Visualising global temperature change

Watch Ed Hawkins MBE, Professor of Climate Science at the University of Reading, explain how he uses visualisations to communicate changes in global temperature to a wider audience. In this …

Observing the Earth from space

Watch Dr Debbie Clifford, Environmental Data Consultant at the IEA, explain why satellites are such an important source of data. With satellites we can, in principle, monitor the whole planet …

Sources of Big Data

In this second activity, we explore sources of big data which can inform research by focusing on two examples; satellites and temperature change. Where do we encounter big data? Listen …

What is big data?

In this video, Dr Jon Blower, Chief Technology Officer at the IEA and one of your Educators for this course, introduces the concept of big data and environmental analytics. You …

#ShowYourStripes

Another example of a data visualisation that has enabled meaningful communication of climate data is the design of the climate stripes. These striking stripes, ranging from an array of blues …

What is metadata?

Metadata is often called the ‘data that describes other data’. What that means is metadata turns a series of numbers into something more meaningful. Metadata includes a wide range of …

Data assimilation

We’ve talked about the sources of big data and in Step 1.4 we touched on the needs of weather forecasting, the minute-by-minute big data needs of gathering data and producing …