Showing posts from September, 2019

Wildfires and the limitations of data science

  Let's get back to talking about wildfires! This is the second of our two post series on wildfires, data science and what we can do about them.   In the first post, we talked about satellite data and how it is used to track wildfires - especially large ones like we see in the Amazon this year. The wildfires burning in the Amazon have slipped off the front page of most newspapers, but they're still burning. And let's not forget the opposite end of the globe where wildfires in Indonesia are also burning out of control! The interesting aspect about wildfires and natural disasters in general is that most of the attention and resources are focused on dealing with them as they are happening and figuring out what resources are needed and what changes are needed after it's all over.  So, we see a lot of effort focused on satellite imagery, understanding wildfire extents after they have started, building apps and websites for people to access resources and tools during and afte

Live event Announcement : Feeding the world with data science at Sacramento, CA

I'm excited to have been invited by the organization "Women in Big Data" to talk about data science, agriculture, the environment and all the associated challenges. The symposium is on Wednesday, September 18th at Sacramento, CA and you can expect a lively discussion with me and three other experts on the panel! If you're interested, event details are at . For all of you who are curious,   Women in Big Data   is a grassroots organization that started in Silicon Valley with women from different organizations who work in data science coming together to talk about the technical challenges, career pathways and entrepreneurship and funding among other fun topics. The group started with 5 women and now has close to 14,000 members all over the world - which is an amazing growth rate over the last 3 years! They hold conferences, regular meetups and training sessions and the one