In a bid to improve the weather-predicting capabilities of India, Google Cloud has partnered with US-based weather technology company ClimaCell. This collaboration will work towards providing free access to high fidelity weather forecasting models to developers, scientists and businesses operating in India.
Google Cloud with its public dataset programme, ClimaCell – CBAM India Weather Forecasts, is going to make the outputs of these models accessible for everyone in the country. Additionally, Google Cloud will also help in supporting the computational requirements of this programme in India.
Improving Weather Forecast In India
The weather technology company claims that the ClimaCell Bespoke Atmospheric Model (CBAM) takes inputs from its proprietary “Weather-of-Things” technology.
ClimaCell says that this technology adds millions of additional observations, which are gathered from wireless signals, connected cars, airplanes, drones and IoT devices, to forecast the weather accurately. CBAM combines big data technology with artificial intelligence (AI) driven modelling techniques to create MicroWeather OS, an operating system that provides ClimaCell’s clients with accurate weather predictions.
“From wireless signals to cars sensors, ClimaCell leverages the connected world to bridge the large sensing gap and to help improve forecasting anywhere in the world,” ClimaCell said in a statement.
ClimaCell also claims that CBAM technology with the help of Google Cloud will help in improving high resolution and refresh time to predict weather conditions in a short period. The fast response time of CBAM helps in preventing damages incurred in adverse weather conditions in industries such as agriculture, aviation, construction, energy, outdoor events, transportation, drones, among others.
In India, besides the state and central government authorities, companies like Skymet Weather Services, SGS Weather and Environmental Services, BKC WeatherSys, Weather Risk, among others also provide weather updates.
Noida-based Skymet offers business solutions to media, power, shipping and telecom. Founded by Jatin Singh in 2003, the company also facilitates risk management services to the power, renewable energy, aviation, construction and the food and beverage industry in India.
Skymet provides solutions using Automated Weather Stations (AWS) network and secures businesses in weather data, crop measurement, climate analytics, and disaster management, thereby extending its outreach to de-risk vulnerable Indian farmers from climate change.