Scientists have now achieved the task of integrating GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and weather reports together; this would be appeared as a visual display on the desktop. They created a new map having the features of collecting, layering and analyzing information from different origins. Individual manager would be able to integrate weather information scattered on different resource websites with this software.
Every common person is having interest nowadays in the changing weather and he wants to know about the daily forecast so that he could dress up accordingly while going to office, school or journey. But especially, the professionals who totally rely on weather conditions because of their job types such as emergency responders and researchers they solved the problem by bringing the updated information on their desktops by using updated and customized weather maps.
Margot Kaye is working as a wildfire manager and also a forestry expert and currently working in Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Everyday she needs to know wind speed and direction, precipitation and humidity in the atmosphere. While talking to Ivanhoe she said;
“We use that data to get a sense of how fire might behave given those weather conditions,”
This new technique has made it possible to get information not to one to two levels but in several ways. Specialized mapping options operating with GIS – geographic Information Systems – is the technique developed by the researchers working at Pennsylvania.
Bernd Haupt, who is a senior researcher at Pennsylvania State University’s Earth and Environment Systems Institute, says about the advantages of this new system;
“We have several maps or data sets and you can overlay them over each other,”
The user can view the live video display of weather condition information directly coming from national weather service on his desktop. Besides this he can also customize this program and run it with Google Earth’ satellite imagery. The user can see weather condition in seventeen different ways such as temperature, rainfall and wind directions. This program also covers the wildfires and displays vertical column or surface level smoke depicting the true picture of the situation.
Maurie Kelly who is a senior person in the research team working at Pennsylvania State University’s Institutes for Environment tells how effective this system would be for different communities working in their own positions. In his words;
“It not only impacts the people who are living near the fire, but it also would impact where the firefighters would be or where they would want to locate themselves in the potential for the fire to spread”