Prof. Arno Scharl supports climate communication in the US

US Climate Agency NOAA adopts MU Search and Visual Analytics Technology

Professor Arno Scharl, Director of the MU Research Center for New Media Technology and Managing Partner of webLyzard technology, and his team successfully helped to launch the new portal of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The portal uses the webLyzard search and visualization?engine to convey scientific knowledge and share the latest insights into climate-related issues. The wide range of available resources includes news articles, teaching materials, magazines, maps and comprehensive datasets for professional users. 

Interactive visualizations show the widespread impact and interconnectedness of climate change-related topics. The Visual Navigator, for example, uses story detection in conjunction with a dynamic cluster map visualization to group similar documents in the set of search results. Three keywords describe the content of each cluster. Clicking on a circle leads to a specific document. The drop-down on the right provides different color codings to reveal metadata such as the publication date or topical, geographical or functional classifications.

Sustainable Innovation for a Good Cause

Successful cooperation with NOAA has a long tradition for Arno Scharl. WebLyzard already provided the semantic search for the US Climate Resilience Toolkit, which was published in 2014 in response to Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan. In addition to the collaboration with the NOAA Climate Program Office, webLyzard technology actively participates in other international sustainability projects. The team around the MU professor has developed a Web Intelligence solution for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), for example, which tracks global media coverage on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Prof. Arno Scharl teaches and mentors at MU Vienna - see his profile to get in touch with him.