On the potential of Big Data capabilities for the validation of a Weather Forecasting System

Date and Time: 
Monday, April 4th, 2016
Center Green
Giuseppe Iannitto
A key component of the EO projects is the validation of the EO data products through a Ground Truth Validation. In the validation process data can be collected from various ground-based sources and sensors (in situ measurements, instruments, crowd-sourcing, open source platform), then quality-controlled, and finally compared with the satellite products in order to get validated retrievals.
The objective of this work is to develop a system that uses big data capabilities and tools for validation purposes, in particular for the assessment of a new weather nowcasting system, based on a predictive model exploiting Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) imagery.
Speaker Description: 
Currently 3rd year PhD student at Tor Vergata University (Rome) for the geoinformation department, studying on big data “A Map-Reduce approach for management and exploitation of Earth Observation Big Data”
Senior IT Consultant/Manager, Mr. Iannitto worked as Technical Director for an IT Consulting organization, with over 10 years of hands on system integrations, management and software development experience in the Information and Communication Technology Industry.
Ten years experienced as system integrator: responsible of system integration and acceptance test on a Europe-wide project of a Combat Management System for the Italian and French Navy.
His expertise as project manager encompasses any project phase from pre-project sales, strategic planning, project planning and project control, as well as post-project evaluation with the client sponsor to assure satisfaction and to identify any process improvements that can be made to the client.
Also, proficient in most client server platforms and numerous programming languages. Very good analytical problem-solving ability with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
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