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  • Blog Post: Cloud computing helps make sense of cloud forests

    The forests that surround Campos do Jordao are among the foggiest places on Earth. With a canopy shrouded in mist much of time, these are the renowned cloud forests of the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It is here that researchers from the São Paulo Research Foundation —better known...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research support for climate change studies

    Last June, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to help predict and address the impacts of climate change. To further this important effort, Microsoft Research is pleased to launch a special Climate Data award program , which offers scientists and decision-makers 12 months of free...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research offers tools and more at AGU 2013 Fall Meeting

    Every December I get together with 20,000 like-minded researchers in San Francisco to discuss how to preserve the habitat of Homo sapiens . I concede it’s a self-serving goal, but I’m okay with standing to benefit. Our conversation invariably burrows into subtopics of how the Earth works...
  • Blog Post: On Helium and Chocolate

    Powerful Research Tools Shared at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting We love our jobs at Microsoft Research, and a big part of that is about how much we love physics and technology. And chocolate. Consider: if you place helium in a (well-made) bag and let it go, there is nothing to prevent...
  • Blog Post: Narwhal Helps Developers Visualize Data in WorldWide Telescope

    First to explain… no, there is no time. Let me sum up: you are a scientist with complex geospatial data visualization challenges. We at Microsoft Research have a solution for you and we’re enhancing this through the release of a software library called Narwhal . (We threw in some example...
  • Blog Post: EPA Cooperative R&D: Technology for Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration

    “Despite its size, Puget Sound is ecologically delicate; and while its symptoms of trouble are not easily visible, they are undeniable and getting worse.” —The Puget Sound Partnership We at Microsoft Research Connections have begun work on a cooperative research and development ...
  • Blog Post: Data Visualization Reaches New Heights with Layerscape

    In December, I blogged about the beta release of Layerscape , a free set of research tools from Microsoft that enable earth scientists to visualize and tell stories around large, complex data sets. The full release is now available to the public at Layerscape . We’re calling Layerscape an “ecosystem”...
  • Blog Post: Layerscape for Earth-Science Storytelling

    Every so often, a new platform comes along that really shakes things up. Well, if you’re part of the earth-sciences community, prepare to be shaken, because Microsoft Research has just released a new way to convey earth-science concepts. It’s called Layerscape , and I like to think of it...
  • Blog Post: Night at the Museum—sans Ben Stiller

    Jonathan Fay and I recently visited the California Academy of Sciences , the world-class natural history museum and research center located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Our goals were to connect in person with Academy researchers and to help prepare the Academy’s Morrison Planetarium...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring the Brazilian Rainforest with a Sensor Network

    Last week, at the Microsoft Research sixth annual Latin American Faculty Summit in Guaruja, Brazil, Rob Fatland, program manager with Microsoft Research, and Humberto da Rocha, professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the Universidade de São Paulo, led an intriguing presentation...
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