"We need a global climate strategy, and it must be based on our best science, our best technology, and our best collaboration."
So writes Andrew Revkin in the New York Times on the eve of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai.
Revkin, the dean of the Yale School of Public Policy and a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is among those calling for such a strategy, which he says needs to be rooted in geography.
"Today's dynamic data-rich maps are far more powerful than many realize," he writes.
"The data can include readings and insights from millions of sensors, from a trove of images captured daily by satellites and drones, and important historical data about our natural ecosystems and populated areas.
To understand the impacts of climate change, we need to open up broad access to relevant location-based data."
Mapping that data is an important first step, he writes.
"Governments and businesses are already benefiting from a five-factor framework for climate action rooted in the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)," he writes.
"Today's interactive maps can tell us where to focus resources to reduce carbon emissions, which is perhaps our greatest and most pressing challenge."
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