The European Environment Agency (EEA), Esri and Microsoft launched the Eye on Earth cloud-based environmental data sharing network this week at the COP 17 meetings in Durban. The network will facilitate the sharing and discover of environmental data, both public and data provided by citizens. The network will both be a repository for this information as well as a platform for services as demonstrated by the concurrent launch of three targeted services.
- WaterWatch monitors and display water quality ratings across Europe’s public swimming sites.
- AirWatch illustrates air quality ratings in Europe.
- NoiseWatch combines the EEA’s data with input from citizens from Noise Meter, a new mobile application for noise level readings available on mobile operating systems Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7.5 that allows users to take noise level readings from their mobile devices and instantly upload them into NoiseWatch’s database.
The Eye on Earth network uses Esri’s ArcGIS Online cloud services with Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure, and it hosts the data in the Environmental Data Store. The network’s user interface enables the easy creation and sharing of map-based services, translating complex scientific data into accessible, interactive and visual web services.