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Welcome to the Triple Point Podcast, a podcast for those working at the intersection of weather and climate, technology, and society. We focus on innovators and leaders working to make our communities safe and resilient in the face of a dynamic and ever changing world. We are your hosts Jeff Cunningham and Ryan Harris. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/triplepoint/support

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Welcome to the Triple Point Podcast, a podcast for those working at the intersection of weather and climate, technology, and society. We focus on innovators and leaders working to make our communities safe and resilient in the face of a dynamic and ever changing world. We are your hosts Jeff Cunningham and Ryan Harris. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/triplepoint/support

    Climate and National Security

    Climate and National Security

    Episode 18 - Climate and National Security

    Show Notes
    Hosts:  Ryan Harris

    Guest: No Guest

    Description:  Do a changing climate and extreme weather equate to national security threats?  It’s a matter of policy and opinion that has unfortunately been over-politicized like so many other things in today’s society.  But if you think military, economic, health, food, energy, and water security are linked to our national security, and we can demonstrate how the weather and climate affect all of those and more, then the changing climate certainly shapes the future environment affecting our national security.  The Honorable Sherri Goodman recently said “if China is our pacing threat, then climate is our shaping threat.” The Biden Administration finally released its National Security Strategy this week, and we provide a brief analysis of climate adaptation and security and why climate belongs in the nation’s highest strategic documents.  

    References:


    2022 Biden administration National Security Strategy
    2017 Trump administration National Security Strategy
    DOD establishes Arctic strategy and global resilience office

    Climate and national security
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    • 11 min
    Better Sensing = Better Prediction

    Better Sensing = Better Prediction

    Episode 17 - Better Sensing = Better Prediction
    Show Notes
    Hosts:  Jeff Cunningham and Ryan Harris

    Guest: No Guest

    Description:  Sensing technology and the environmental observations they take provide the data fuel that powers weather prediction.  More quality observations are needed across land, sea, and air to more accurately predict everything from the weather tomorrow to high-impact events like the track and intensity of Hurricane Ian for instance.  Industry in this area is set to explode as new proprietary sensing technologies are used by companies and with the development of dual-use technology to harness observations from environmental sensors via the Internet of Things (IoT). 

    References:


    Drone technology leveraged by NOAA to predict Hurricane Ian (Fox News Weather)
    (VIDEO) Riding with the hurricane hunters in Hurricane Ian (CBS News)
    Wave sensors deployed to improve Hurricane Ian forecasts (University of Washington)
    Are global river gauges adequately placed? (Nature)
    Using IoT to help cities react to weather (Forbes)
    New drones could spot wildfires earlier, even help snuff them out (Scientific American)
    Drones Provide Eye-in-the-Sky to Help Fight Fires  (USDA)
    Flying, amphibious drones may help us fight wildfires in a warming world (Popular Science)
    Circa January 1961: Lorenz and the Butterfly Effect (American Physical Society)

    Hurricane Ian, sensing sensitivities, and data quality
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    The importance of sensing technology and observations for predictions
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    Filling data gaps and new sensing technology to improve hurricane and other forecasts
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    Weather observation applications: water, transportation, agriculture, wildfires, and more
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    Future of sensing: drones, dual-use technology, IoT, the cloud, and more
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    • 33 min
    Weathering the Built Environment

    Weathering the Built Environment

    Episode 16 - Weathering the Built Environment
    Show Notes
    Hosts:  Ryan Harris

    Guest: No Guest

    Description:  As Hurricane Ian slammed into the southwestern Florida coast this week, the storm served as a stark reminder of the significant impacts weather and climate have on the built environment.  In 2012, Hurricane Sandy brought nearly $70 billion in infrastructure impacts.  Flooding, storm surge, temperature and wind loads on buildings, air quality along transportation corridors, environmental impacts to communications infrastructure, and so much more have trillions of dollars of impacts every year on the built environment.  In addition to looking at standard weather and climate effects, the industry must leverage future climate model projections so our infrastructure can outlast the changing climate decades into the future.  

    References:


    Hurricane Ian slams into Florida (USA Today)
    2014 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Built Environment Focus
    VIDEO: Weather and the Built Environment (UCAR MetEd Tutorial)
    Cal Berkley Center for Built Environment ClimaTool
    2018 National Climate Assessment: Built Environment Chapter
    Advancing climate-smart construction standards (NOAA)
    NOAA Sea Level Rise Mapping Tool
    FirstStreet Foundation Risk Factor Tool
    Fort Myers development timeline (Landsat, Google Earth Engine)

    Hurricane Ian Evacuation
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    Built Environment Intro
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    Built Environment Industry
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    Technologies and Gaps
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    • 10 min
    Global Water Security

    Global Water Security

    Episode 15 - Global Water Security

    Show Notes

    Hosts:  Jeff Cunningham and Ryan Harris

    Guests: Mr. Mike Gremillion, Director of the Global Water Security Center and Dr. Kate Brauman, Associate Director for Communications and Analysis

    Description:  Our human bodies are made of more than 60% water, and water makes up 71% of Earth, yet only 0.5% of the water is drinkable.  As the climate continues to change and global population increases, many communities are having to grapple with diminishing water resources.  Mike Gremillion and Dr. Kate Brauman are leading the Global Water Security Center to make water data, both domestically and internationally, more available and especially more accessible for governments, industry, and communities to make more informed water management decisions. 

    References:

    Click here for references

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    Introducing the Global Water Security Center

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    Defining water security and making water data more accessible 

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    Economic value of water data and bridging disconnect 

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    Global Water Security Center stakeholders and new NOAA cooperative institute for Hydrology R2O 

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    The water footprint: commodities, supply chain, hamburgers, and beer security 

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    Lightning Round

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    Insights

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Weather and Climate in Agriculture

    Weather and Climate in Agriculture

    Episode 14 - Weather and Climate in Agriculture
    Show Notes
    Hosts:  Jeff Cunningham and Ryan Harris

    Guest: No Guest

    Description:  The agriculture sector makes up one of the largest market shares supported by the weather and climate industry.  In this Triple Point Podcast episode, Jeff and Ryan briefly trace the historical move to agrarian societies to today’s farming and talk about a range of insights and predictions some companies that are monetizing weather information to optimize agriculture production.  Jeff introduces (and copyrights) the term “weather arbitrage,” and we also take time to discuss how climate change may impact agriculture in the future.  Finally, we introduce our first student spotlight, Michael Plummer from Penn State University.

    References:


    Floods devastate Pakistan, including farmland and 1,280 dead (CNN)
    Why are Pakistan’s floods so extreme this year? (Nature)
    La Nina signals wheat worries in midwest (Farm Futures)
    Daily three big things in Agriculture (Successful Farming)
    Weekly crop progress report (USDA)
    Weather futures trading for agriculture, energy, and more (CME)
    Agricultural and food security impacts from the 2010 Russia flash drought (Weather and Climate Extremes)
    Salt in oceans may be next big predictor of rain for crops (Bloomberg)
    Combined Earth Observation, Weather Analytics, and AI for Ag (Geospatial World)
    The transition from hunter-gatherer to farming (Discover Magazine)
    Amid massive shortage, Canada taps strategic reserves of maple syrup (WAPO)
    Florida Climate Institute
    Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Florida’s Agriculture (Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts, chapter 8)
    Oak Leaves Contain Potential Cure for Citrus Greening Disease, Researchers Say - UF Innovate

    Tracing the move to agrarian societies to today's farming
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    Climate changes on agriculture and Pakistan's historic flooding
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    Monetizing agriculture forecasting
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    The weather arbitrage (copyrighted)
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    Is climate change good or bad for agriculture and food security?
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    Other weather and climate technologies supporting agriculture
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    • 47 min
    Mining the Weather Gap

    Mining the Weather Gap

    Show Notes
    Hosts:  Ryan Harris

    Guest: No Guest

    Description:  Do you know where your energy comes from?  The minerals needed for your solar panels and battery technology?  The chips in your mobile device that you’re listening to this podcast on?  How about the food on your table or the complex supply chain that, as we saw during COVID, really is the oil in the world’s economic engine?  Without mining and an efficient supply chain, things like electronics or even toilet paper get scarce.  And all of this hinges on solid weather and climate information.

    References:


    Modelling of E. Coli bacteria in raw milk in hot weather (Food Research Intl’)
    Mining industry faces an unfamiliar foe: extreme weather (Reuters)
    Report on Adapting to Climate Change: A Guide for the Mining Industry (BSR)
    The minerals used by clean energy technologies (Canary Media)
    How Brazil's drought affects global coffee prices and supply chain (WSJ)
    How exposed is your supply chain to climate risks? (HBR)
    U.S. mineral commodities reports (USGS)

    Do you know where your energy comes from?
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    Weather disruptions to mining and supply chains
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    Current weather and climate industry offerings for the mining and supply chain sector; and gaps
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