Date Added: Sep 2010
Environmental data arriving constantly from satellites and weather stations are used to compute weather coefficients that are essential for agriculture and viticulture. For example, the reference evapotranspiration (ET0) coefficient, overlaid on regional maps, is provided each day by the California Department of Water Resources to local farmers and turf managers to plan daily water use. Scaling out single-processor compute/data intensive applications operating on realtime data to support more users and higher-resolution data poses data engineering challenges. Cloud computing helps data providers expand resource capacity to meet growing needs besides supporting scientific needs like reprocessing historic data using new models.