Customized future weather data now available for online purchase

Simulation tool, developed by Arup and Argos Analytics, is offered to help owners and AEC firms devise resilience strategies for buildings. 

December 18, 2016 |

AEC firms looking for a hedge against climate-related events can now purchase future weather data online. Image: Pixabay

In 2014, Arup, the engineering and consulting firm, and Argos Analytics, which provides climate data services, developed WeatherShift, a tool that helps building owners mitigate their future cost risk due to climate change.

Last week, Arup and Argos joined forces with Integrated Environmental Solutions Limited (IES), which provides building performance modeling software, to make WeatherShift future weather data available for online purchase.

Users can purchase these data via IES's website [www.iesve.com] by specifying a location, hypothetical emissions scenario, and future time period. Cole Roberts, Arup’s Associate Principal, says that collaborating with IES lowered the entry price for the data files to $250, or 75% below previous offers for this information. The product has also been simplified for repeated uses on multiple projects.

Arup and Argos will provide purchasers with customized future weather data generated by adjusting historical weather data based on climate projections run for the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.

The data can by used to simulate building performance under future climate conditions, which in turn would enable designers to develop resilience strategies. 

WeatherShift is among a growing number of simulation products aimed at giving builders and developers a hedge against natural and manmade events that threaten their structures.

Some of these products, such as those offered by Climate Interactive, are based on game theory. Others include products from EarthNetwork, which offer “hyper-local weather data” in real time and forecasts.

Weather and climate, it would seem, are no longer just conversation pieces. Last week, Ligado Networks and George Mason University announced a partnership to provide the public with real-time access to critical weather and atmospheric data generated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Extreme weather events have a huge impact on people, including their families, homes and businesses,” says Deborah Crawford, Mason’s vice president for research. “Faster and more accurate climate modeling and weather prediction will help people and organizations—including emergency responders—better prepare for and respond more quickly to weather-related events such as tornadoes, floods and wildfires, saving lives and livelihoods.”

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