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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges

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Near infra-red wavelengths pick out ship tracks off the coast of Spain.

The clouds ability to handle vast amounts of data using machine learning algorithms is drawing more researchers from the data-intensive world of climate science.

Credit: NASA WorldView

Climate science researchers increasingly are turning to the cloud for its ability to manage large amounts of data using machine-learning algorithms.

In response, major cloud providers are offering subscription-based remote storage and online tools, which can be more affordable for researchers than maintaining their own hardware.

Said Inc.'s Werner Vogels, "The datasets are getting larger and larger. So machine learning starts to play a more important role to look for patterns in the data."

Microsoft's AI for Earth program offers grants and technical help from its Azure cloud division for environmental projects, and Amazon SageMaker offers a fast and less technically complex way for software developers in any industry to build, train, and use machine-learning models.

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