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Seasonal wind prediction with Project Ukko

A new new climate service for wind energy, making groundbreaking use of visualization

February 3, 2016

Launched today, Project Ukko is a new new climate service for wind energy that “breaks new ground in the effort to improve the resilience of society to climate variability and change”. The interactive browser application was developed by a team led by no other than the “truth and beauty operator”, Moritz Stefaner, who was kind enough to shared it with us. The full press-release is available here.

(image: Project Ukko)
(image: Project Ukko)

“I think it’s an interesting project, as it shows how fascinating things can happen when cutting-edge research and design come together”, said Moritz. Among the possible applications, the site allows energy traders, wind farm managers and others to spot global patterns and trends in future wind conditions, and drill into detailed prediction breakdowns on a regional level.

“A key challenge has been how to deal with the uncertainty of wind predictions and our “ray casting” model is a fresh approach. Brett Victor recently asked “What can a technologist do about climate change? — this is one possible response to his question.” Moritz wrote a very detailed post about the design choices over at his blog, Truth and Beauty – like Alberto Cairo stated, we just wish more designers would do this at this level -, and if you’re interested in the scientific background, don’t miss the explanation in the project’s page.

(image: Project Ukko)
(image: Project Ukko)
(image: Project Ukko)
(image: Project Ukko)
(image: Project Ukko)
(image: Project Ukko)

The project was produced within the context of EUPORIAS (an EU funded research project) under the lead of FutureEverything and BSC, and in partnership with The Met Office. It is based on ECMWF seasonal predictions by RESILIENCE, and below you can watch the background video:

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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