To better understand, record, and predict phenomena related to human lives on Earth, scientists started to collect data about the Earth’s surface several hundred years ago (Jacobson et al. 2000). For example, our ancestors recorded the Earth’s surface temperature (Kusuda and Achenbach 1965), volcanic eruptions (Robock 2000), hurricanes (Goldenberg et al. 2001), and other parameters of physical phenomena. In the past century, the invention of digital computers for information processing, the launch of satellites, and the evolution of remote sensing technologies have greatly improved our capabilities to observe and record various physical parameters of the Earth’s surface (Christian 2005) at a speed of terabytes to petabytes per day.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Big Data|
|Subtitle of host publication||Techniques and Technologies in Geoinformatics|
|Number of pages||24|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)