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September 22, 2016

The Weather Company and IBM join the The White House OSTP’s Launch of the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness

Open Data Initiative Will Help Improve Climate Risk Assessment and Decision Making

Everyone agrees open data is crucial to consumers and businesses … no partisan politics involved. The White House Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) announced today its launch of the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP), and The Weather Company and IBM are happy to be part of this open climate data initiative.

During Climate Week in New York this week, The Weather Company participated in “Harnessing the Data Revolution for Climate Resilience,” hosted by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of State, and World Resources Institute. This event highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships to encourage open data and improved decision making around climate planning and action. As part of PREP, The Weather Company and IBM has committed to offering free access to relevant global data sets to help advance climate risk assessment and potential planning.

Read about the PREP initiative here and check out the comprehensive fact sheet here, with Weather’s commitment outlined below:

The Weather Company, an IBM Business: The Weather Company commits to providing free and open access to relevant data sets, including a new, historical dataset from its Weather Underground personal-weather-station network, providing observations from 200,000+ locations around the globe. In addition, The Weather Company will donate access to data on current conditions and historical observations, which can be analyzed and overlaid with other data to help advance risk assessment and potential planning.

The Weather Company knows how important -- and difficult -- it can be to mobilize society when severe weather- or climate-related events occur. It joined this effort to provide local communities with easy access to the best and most relevant data available to help improve planning, preparation and decision making to better inform climate-related action.