A trove of climate data in Asheville, N.C. could drive both innovation and new jobs...

Asheville North Carolina is called “Climate City” because it’s home to many weather and climate-related organizations. Now it’s building on that reputation.

The reason so many of these groups are attracted to Asheville is that the National Centers for Environmental Information is headquartered there. The Centers house and share data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Duncan: “It is in short the largest archive of climate data on the globe.”

That’s Clark Duncan of Asheville’s Economic Development Coalition. He says the city recently created a space called the “Climate Collider” to attract entrepreneurs who will turn data from the archive into marketable products and services.

Duncan: “The Collider is a physical space for collaboration and the collision of ideas specifically around the emerging field of climate science, and more specifically, adaptation and resilience in the face of climate change.”

The goal is to create more jobs for the region, such as IT professionals, administrators …

Duncan: “And graphic artists, photographers, computer programmers, visual arts specialists.”

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By providing a space for partnerships and access to current climate data, Asheville is fostering innovation and creating new jobs.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.


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