|[March 19, 2014]
Circle of Blue and Qlik Team Up for White House Climate Data Initiative
RADNOR, Pa. --(Business Wire)--
(NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in user-driven business intelligence (BI), and Circle
of Blue, a team of award-winning journalists and researchers
reporting on water and worldwide resource issues, announced that a new data
powered by QlikView is being featured today in Washington, DC as a
supporting effort to the White
House Climate Data Initiative. The application is part of Circle of
Point: Index, a series of in-depth reports about the competition
between water, food and energy in a changing climate. Circle of Blue
combines in-depth reporting with collections of fresh and historically
relevant data to provide greater context for decision-making.
The new application, drawing on public data sets, visualizes current and
past levels of California water reservoirs and is designed to be scaled
to compare hyper-local information and research with national and global
trends. Researchers, journalists, water managers, and the public will
have immediate access to strategic data about the systems that regulate
their water sources, information that will allow for comparisons of
present and historical water supply conditions.
Mass amounts of data, particularly water-related, are often
compartmentalized within agencies and not available in comparative,
visual formats. The QlikView dashboards and their sophisticated and
engaging, state-of-the-art graphics - combined with Circle of Blue's
on-the-ground reporting, online networks, and participatory convenings -
will help officials make informed decisions and better understand,
monitor, compare and manage the nation's most vulnerable water supplies
in an era of climate change. The application also includes reservoir
data from water-challenged areas of Australia.
"We face a time when climate change is stressing our water, food and
energy systems, causing billions of dollars of disruptions and testing
human and ecological resilience globally," said J. Carl Ganter, anaging
director of Circle of Blue and member of the World Economic Forum Global
Agenda Council on Water Security. "Our capacity to respond is in doubt
unless we dig deep into the connections and combine the best of
reporting, data gathering, and participation to understand the scope of
the challenges and responses. We need to activate the best, most
creative thinking to understand and respond."
Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2014 ranks "water crises" among
the planet's top three most urgent issues. Water scarcity and supply are
particularly influenced by climate change, and are emerging as serious
threats to people, business, the environment and political stability
across the world, including the United States.
"In the current era of mass data streaming and unprecedented data flow,
we simply cannot afford to keep the realities of today's environmental
challenges locked in static documents or silo'd collections," Ganter
said. "QlikView is helping us empower individuals with meaningful
context about the decisions they make every day."
Circle of Blue's most recent Choke Point: Index reports on how
trends in water availability have put the freshwater supply in a
precarious condition for three iconic American farm regions, including
California's Central Valley. The California drought - now in its third
year - looks to be a significant test of the capacity of residents,
farmers, businesses and governments to ensure the state's water security.
"By providing a means for interactive, relevant, searchable
visualizations, Circle of Blue is not simply delivering statistics, but
putting the power to act in response to the water crisis into the hands
of decision-making organizations and individuals worldwide," added
Anthony Deighton, CTO and senior vice president of products at Qlik.
"We're thrilled that Circle of Blue is using QlikView to bring its
important research findings and larger freshwater issues to the public."
The Choke Point: Index data visualizations are made possible
through Qlik's "Change
Our World" Grant Program. Qlik will showcase this application as
part of its sponsorship at Gigaom
Structure Data, March 19 and 20, in New York City.
The White House Climate Data Initiative has identified private,
philanthropic, academic, and nonprofit sector commitments to leverage
data and data-driven insights that can support communities, companies
and citizens prepare for the impacts of climate change, including system
shocks such as floods, droughts, wildfires and heat waves.
For more information or to test drive the new QlikView-powered
application that is part of Circle of Blue's Choke
Point: Index, please visit: http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/CPX/.
About Circle of Blue
Circle of Blue uses its teams of leading journalists, photographers,
data experts, field researchers, and designers to report from the front
lines of the world's resource crises, with a core focus on water. In
2012, Circle of Blue received the Rockefeller
Foundation Centennial Innovation Award for its feedback-loop model
that combines on-the-ground reporting, data collection, analysis,
design, and convening. Choke Point: Index is developed in
parallel with Global Choke Point, a comprehensive international
reporting and convening program that explores the ramifications of
resource scarcity around the world, produced by Circle of Blue and the China
Environment Forum at the Washington-based Wilson Center. Circle of
Blue is a nonprofit affiliate of the Pacific
Institute. For more information, please visit: http://www.circleofblue.org
or follow Circle of Blue on Twitter (News - Alert): @circleofblue.
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