research

Assessing the quality of volunteered weather observations

Weather observations are typically collected by professional devices siting in open spaces. These weather stations provide very precise measurements, but they also require a regular maintenance and calibration of the sensors, which implies a high cost for national weather services. In general terms, one could say that we are good with the current weather forecast. In the end, the combination of in-situ measurements with numerical weather models and remote sensing data, provides a decent weather forecast for several days in advance.

Sharing research data in DANS

Sometimes serendipity knocks at your door in a very unusual way. Here in the Netherlands, getting your PhD degree requires uploading your research data to a public repository upon conclusion of your research. I did upload mine to the DANS repository (coordinated by KNAW and NWO) and this had an unexpected turn: my research data was the number 100,000 deposited into this repository, so the folks at DANS sent a (nerdy) cake to the ITC Faculty (UTwente) to celebrate this occasion!