Weather Observations Website (WOW)
Aidan Green, 22nd February 2014
© Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
Talk Plan
• Long history working with
citizen scientists
• The Weather Observations
Website (WOW)
• Collaboration
• Questi...
Long & proud history of working
with citizen scientists...

© Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
Weather Observations Website
• wow.metoffice.gov.uk

• More observations
required for
forecasters, prediction
models, & ve...
Weather Observations Website
• Upload and download
of historic datasets
• Map, tabular and
graphical views of data
for dif...
WOW by numbers...

• WOW – since launch in June 2011:
• Over 200 million observations submitted;
• Over 4,800 different we...
Future Plans
• PhD studentship and development of plans for quality
assurance and data assimilation of user contributed
ob...
Collaboration essential for success

© Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
© Crown copyright 2014 Met Office

© Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
Summary
• The Met Office has a long and proud
history of working with citizen scientists.
• The Weather Observations Websi...
Any questions?

QUESTIONS
&
DISCUSSION
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The Met Office has a long history of engaging citizens to support its science. For example, since the 1850’s the Met Office has coordinated the collection of marine observations from the both the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy to enable the highest quality forecasts in support of safety of life at sea.
This Feb 2014 presentation provides an overview of several citizen science initiatives in which the Met Office is involved, focusing on sharing lessons learned during the development and ongoing running of the award winning Weather Observations Website (WOW) which has received over 200 million global weather observations since its launch in 2011.

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Weather Observations Website (WOW) - Feb 2014 Presentation

  1. 1. Weather Observations Website (WOW) Aidan Green, 22nd February 2014 © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  2. 2. Talk Plan • Long history working with citizen scientists • The Weather Observations Website (WOW) • Collaboration • Questions and discussion © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  3. 3. Long & proud history of working with citizen scientists... © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  4. 4. Weather Observations Website • wow.metoffice.gov.uk • More observations required for forecasters, prediction models, & verification. • WOW is a portal for sharing observations. • Automatic collection from automatic weather stations. • Manual input of data – e.g. daily climate observers • Ad-hoc weather reports – e.g. weather photos; twitter snow reports; impacts of the weather. © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  5. 5. Weather Observations Website • Upload and download of historic datasets • Map, tabular and graphical views of data for different time periods • Metadata important – drives star rating system • Built on Google Cloud infrastructure – resilient, scalable & flexible © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  6. 6. WOW by numbers... • WOW – since launch in June 2011: • Over 200 million observations submitted; • Over 4,800 different weather observing sites established; • Over 775,000 site visits, from 192 different countries. • Won 2 UK IT Industry Awards in 2012 recognising collaborative approach and innovative use of Cloud Technology. © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  7. 7. Future Plans • PhD studentship and development of plans for quality assurance and data assimilation of user contributed observations – including new layers & feedback to users. • Further collaboration with schools and Department for Education to improve its use as an exciting teaching aid; • Greater  use  of  new  weather  ‘impacts’   reports – floods, damage to property, disruption to transport etc; • Rolling developments based on user feedback; • Development of social aspect (Twitter, Facebook, smartphones, forums, etc); • Growth through collaboration. © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  8. 8. Collaboration essential for success © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  9. 9. © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  10. 10. Summary • The Met Office has a long and proud history of working with citizen scientists. • The Weather Observations Website (WOW) is our most recent citizen science initiative, and has been a huge success. • Over 200 million observations submitted; • Over 4,800 different weather observing sites established; • Over 775,000 site visits, from 192 different countries. • Collaboration is key to success of citizen science initiatives, and will essential for the continued growth & success of WOW. © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office
  11. 11. Any questions? QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION © Crown copyright 2014 Met Office

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