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As Rob Bernard mentioned in his latest post, Microsoft and the European Environmental Agency (EEA) have made an upgrade to the Eye on Earth global observatory for climate change, and as part of that upgrade is a move to the Windows Azure platform, Microsoft’s new internet-scale cloud computing services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. Azure enables the EEA to quickly and easily build, deploy, scale, and manage incremental updates and enhancements to Eye on Earth applications and web services.
Eye on Earth was designed to provide environmental information like air and water quality to EU citizens. Water Watch, launched in May 2008, tracks and monitors water quality across Europe’s beaches and the latest upgrade, Air Watch, does the same for air quality and air purity across Europe via 6,000 monitoring stations. Windows Azure has been combined with Bing Maps and Silverlight controls in the latest upgrade to provide a more intuitive navigation and understanding of the complex environmental data being collected. Additionally, an SMS feeds aggregator was incorporated into Eye on Earth to allow users to provide immediate feedback by way of text message about factors such as air and water quality and to receive regular updates from the system.
Eye on Earth is a great example of how Microsoft’s platform software technology is helping organizations build applications to address pressing environmental challenges. To take a look at the air or water quality of your favorite European cities and beaches, visit Eye on Earth.