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Climate Engine Workshop and Training: November 9, 2022

Event Date
November 9, 2022
Event Time
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) co-hosted this webinar to provide an introduction to Climate Engine for state climatologists and related climate service professionals.

Climate Engine is a versatile analysis platform that enables users to quickly process and visualize satellite earth observations and gridded weather data for environmental/climate monitoring and to improve early warning of drought, wildfire, and crop-failure risk. Climate Engine is a partnership between the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the University of Idaho, and Google, with support from NIDIS and other federal partners. Many of the maps and data on are pulled from Climate Engine.


Climate Engine Overview, Applications, and Examples of Decision Support

Speaker: Justin Huntington, Desert Research Institute (DRI)

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This presentation included an initial overview of Climate Engine, including some background on its development and purpose, as well as some salient examples of the use of Climate Engine for decision support.

  • Climate Engine began in 2014 with a grant from the Google Earth Engine Faculty Research Award Program.
  • Since, it has been primarily supported by NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System and the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Completed technology transfer in 2020 and partnered with Google Cloud to meet requests of the private and public sector.
  • Climate Engine helps to develop and deliver technology and geospatial data for actionable insights around sustainability, natural resources, climate risk, and early warning
  • Climate Engine and platforms like it provide new and advanced opportunities for assessing place-based operational insights 
  • The recent explosion of Earth Observation data and integration into operations is just the beginning.
  • Adequate support for adoption of new technologies will be key… especially IT and admin support for using new technologies



Demonstration and Details

Speaker: Justin Huntington, DRI

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This presentation included a walk-through of the types of maps and other resources readily available for use through Climate Engine, with a demonstration of how to generate them.



API Introduction and Navigation

Speaker: Jodie Hansen, DRI

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This presentation included an introduction to the Climate Engine API, including general functionality and reference sources.

Learn more via the Climate Engine API documentation.



API Examples & Python Scripting

Speaker: Kristen O’Shea, DRI

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This presentation included a step-by-step demonstration of using python scripts to generate tailored outputs via the Climate Engine API.




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