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2018, 14th June

Webinar: Can Block Chains have a role in ...

On May 16, 2018, the CMCC, in collaboration with EUMACS and ClimateEurope, hosted the webinar “Can block chains have a role in climate data quality management?”.

Tommi A. Vuorenmaa, Co-Founder and CEO of Aekraes Kodex (Helsinki, Finland), gave a talk on block chains, followed by a discussion animated by Carlo Buontempo, Sectoral information system manager at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF, Reading, UK) and Jesse M. Keenan, Member of the faculty, Area Head and Director of Real Estate and the Built Environment at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. The webinar was moderated by Sandro Fiore, Director of the Advanced Scientific Computing at the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC).

Summary of the webinar

Tommi A. Vuorenmaa, the Co-Founder and CEO of Aekraes Kodex in Helsinki, provides for an informative presentation on block chains, illustrating their nature, functions, risks and benefits, and providing some thoughts on the application in the field of climate data services.

For national and international climate data services it is quite a challenge to generate transparent complete and nevertheless compact information on the quality of datasets and their suitable application domains. Tommi A. Vuorenmaa explains that blockchain technology is a different kind of peer-to-peer network that offers a better service than conventional centralized or decentralized distributed databases, since it is wider and accessible to a larger number of servers. Nevertheless, it also allows to add in only the data that the users want and trust to share with the network. Moreover, Dr. Vuorenmaa specifies that a wide range of different kind of blockchain systems is available and that, currently, blockchains are not thought to be the direct substitutes, but rather parallel systems to the conventional ones, offering numerous advantages. For example, they could be employed in integrated intelligence systems and shared economy, as well as instruments to achieve self-governing ecosystems. Data quality, transparency and trust are the three fundamental principles at the basis of the block chain technology. In other words, block chains can provide for long-term, high-quality and reliable data in every field of application, therefore helping not just in having a broader network of data but also in fighting corruption and spreading democracy. As regards the application of blockchains in the climate change scientific field, Dr. Vuorenmaa believes that they will allow for a wide, shared literature on climate, that with the conventional methods would “remain blocked” in separated servers in distant parts of the world. Therefore, expanding the network of climate data, will allow a better understanding of various phenomena and more accurate predictions and actions of risk management and monitoring. Finally, the speaker stresses the usability and easiness of connecting to such an outsource database and gives insights on the present and future challenges of the system, such as how to maintain the system democratic and accessible to everyone and how to manage its energy consumption.

 

Watch the video recording of the webinar: https://bit.ly/2t5gnjx

2018, 14th June

Webinar: Can Block Chains have a role in ...

 

On May 16, 2018, the CMCC, in collaboration with EUMACS and ClimateEurope, hosted the webinar “Can block chains have a role in climate data quality management?”.

Tommi A. Vuorenmaa, Co-Founder and CEO of Aekraes Kodex (Helsinki, Finland), gave a talk on block chains, followed by a discussion animated by Carlo Buontempo, Sectoral information system manager at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF, Reading, UK) and Jesse M. Keenan, Member of the faculty, Area Head and Director of Real Estate and the Built Environment at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. The webinar was moderated by Sandro Fiore, Director of the Advanced Scientific Computing at the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC).

Summary of the webinar

Tommi A. Vuorenmaa, the Co-Founder and CEO of Aekraes Kodex in Helsinki, provides for an informative presentation on block chains, illustrating their nature, functions, risks and benefits, and providing some thoughts on the application in the field of climate data services.

For national and international climate data services it is quite a challenge to generate transparent complete and nevertheless compact information on the quality of datasets and their suitable application domains. Tommi A. Vuorenmaa explains that blockchain technology is a different kind of peer-to-peer network that offers a better service than conventional centralized or decentralized distributed databases, since it is wider and accessible to a larger number of servers. Nevertheless, it also allows to add in only the data that the users want and trust to share with the network. Moreover, Dr. Vuorenmaa specifies that a wide range of different kind of blockchain systems is available and that, currently, blockchains are not thought to be the direct substitutes, but rather parallel systems to the conventional ones, offering numerous advantages. For example, they could be employed in integrated intelligence systems and shared economy, as well as instruments to achieve self-governing ecosystems. Data quality, transparency and trust are the three fundamental principles at the basis of the block chain technology. In other words, block chains can provide for long-term, high-quality and reliable data in every field of application, therefore helping not just in having a broader network of data but also in fighting corruption and spreading democracy. As regards the application of blockchains in the climate change scientific field, Dr. Vuorenmaa believes that they will allow for a wide, shared literature on climate, that with the conventional methods would “remain blocked” in separated servers in distant parts of the world. Therefore, expanding the network of climate data, will allow a better understanding of various phenomena and more accurate predictions and actions of risk management and monitoring. Finally, the speaker stresses the usability and easiness of connecting to such an outsource database and gives insights on the present and future challenges of the system, such as how to maintain the system democratic and accessible to everyone and how to manage its energy consumption.

 

Watch the video recording of the webinar: https://bit.ly/2t5gnjx