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  • Blog Post: Fully data-constrained terrestrial carbon model - view and comment on the paper

    If you’re interested in how carbon impacts the overall climate models – you’ll really be interested in the paper just published by Matthew Smith , et al - our Microsoft Researchers from our Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group (CEES) in Cambridge England.  Not only can you view...
  • Blog Post: Smart Buildings pilot at Microsoft–energy analytics

    There’s a good cover story article on Microsoft’s Smart Building Pilot Program in the latest The Leader, it describes the Microsoft Real Estate and Facilitates group effort in using more technology to improve the energy performance of the buildings they manage.  The article describes the use of...
  • Blog Post: Climate Prediction Leverages Home Computers for Weather At Home

    I posted an article on the MSR External Research blog about a project MSR has sponsored for the past few years – looking to see how climate change could effect regional weather.  See how you can donate idle cycles and more about the work on Weather At Home from the Climate Predication.Net folks...
  • Blog Post: Research in the Brazilian Rainforest

    For the past year our small EEE team in Microsoft External Research has been working with some fabulous researchers in Brazil looking at the rainforest ecosystem.  The Brazilian Rainforest Sensor Network project—a joint effort of the University of São Paulo , Johns Hopkins University , the São Paulo...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing for Science - AzureMODIS: Accelerating the Pace of Environmental Research

    They just published an overview of the great collaboration going in the AzureMODIS project with UC Berkeley, Univ of Virginia, and the MSR eScience group.  The project was a very early adopter of Windows Azure and is already one of the largest applications running on Azure.  Kudos goes to Youngryel...
  • Blog Post: The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery – Book Released

    Today Microsoft Research announced the availability of the book - The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery .  The book focuses on the change of all sciences moving from observational, to theoretical, to computational and now to the 4th Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery...
  • Blog Post: Achieving Climate Sustainability – Article in American Meteorological Society

    Bill Gail has written a thoroughly thought provoking piece Achieving Climate Sustainability in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.  One of the things I really like about Bill is that he understands the challenge of climate sustainability and the intersection of the Earth system...
  • Blog Post: Environment and Energy Workshop at Faculty Summit 2009

    For the past two days at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit , we hare hosted a Environment and Energy Workshop to look at areas where computing and IT can help solve some of these grand challenges.  Output from the workshop will be posted on the site in the next few weeks. Faculty Summit 2009...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth in full view

    Now this is a way to view Virtual Earth – talk about an immersive experience.  I would like to see how WorldWide Telescope would look on this display… PDC2008 ShowOff Entry: Multi-channel Virtual Earth Multi-channel Virtual Earth Description This video shows a multi-channel version of the Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Blogging in Real Ink – electronic notebook?

    Earlier this year I stumbled upon Adapx’s Capturx™  for Microsoft® Office OneNote® – which is a digital pen that captures what you write and then you can upload to OneNote.  So you get all the benefits of Paper and Ink (quick boot time :-), long battery life, etc) but then can upload and get...
  • Blog Post: Data Mining Services in the Cloud – Mine your Data, Any Place, Any Time

    This is great news - Software-plus-Services that any scientist/researcher could use.  The SQL Server Data Mining folks have a Data Mining Service in the cloud they are testing out…I posted previously [ OLAP and Scientific Data & Data Mining Addins for Office 2007 (Excel & Visio) ] about...
  • Blog Post: NOAA – 2009 Climate Program Announcement

    Just received the Sectoral Applications Research Program announcement from Nancy Beller-Simms at the NOAA Climate Program Office.  The due date for the proposal is 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time October 9, 2008. The overall NOAA 2009 Climate Program Announcement is also available – competitions in the follow...
  • Blog Post: SCIENCE Article: An Earth Systems Science Agency?

    Very interesting article in current issue of Science... The United States faces unprecedented environmental and economic challenges in the decades ahead. Foremost among them will be climate change, sea-level rise, altered weather patterns, declines in freshwater availability and quality, and loss of...
  • Blog Post: NGO - Nonprofit Connection

    Just ran across the NGO Connection site – this is the place for non-profit orgs in the scientific space to look into…. NGO Connection is an online resource for non-profit groups around the world that provides resources to help advance the causes of the NGOs. See http://www.microsoft.com/ngo for more...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Science related activities

    Here are some good articles on Environmental Science related activities that our researchers at Microsoft Research are involved with.  Understanding Climate Change—One Tree at a Time How Can Technology Sustain the Environment in the 21st Century? Microsoft Virtual Earth Puts Planet Earth in Focus...
  • Blog Post: Fluxnet move to Silverlight v2.0 Beta 1

    Savas has been coding again :-) - he's updated the FLUXNET Data set visualization to Silverlight  v2.  Fluxnet move to Silverlight v2.0 Beta 1 It's been a while since I touched the Fluxnet code. Given that the original release was built on Silverlight v1.1 , I put some time today in re-implementing...
  • Blog Post: Autonomous Monitoring of Vulnerable Habitats

    There is a new article on the MSR Cambridge project on Skomer Island - Microsoft scientists unveil new technology to give early warning of sensitive species’ response to changing environments . Also interesting is the use of the ScatterWeb .NET SDK from the Freie Universität Berlin. ScatterWeb .NET SDK...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Scenario Search Engine Research Project Portal

    Here's a link to a Russian based project - where they are mining environmental data archives.  It even has NASA WorldWind visualization plugins....there is also a web based test site .  Environmental Scenario Search Engine Research Project Portal The main idea behind ESSE is a flexible, efficient...
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