Fully data-constrained terrestrial carbon model - view and comment on the paper

If you’re interested in how carbon impacts the overall climate models – you’ll really be interested in the paper just published by Matthew Smith, et al – our Microsoft Researchers from our Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group (CEES) in Cambridge England.  Not only can you view the paper, but can also provide comments and…

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Smart Buildings pilot at Microsoft–energy analytics

There’s a good cover story article on Microsoft’s Smart Building Pilot Program in the latest The Leader, it describes the Microsoft Real Estate and Facilitates group effort in using more technology to improve the energy performance of the buildings they manage.  The article describes the use of the corporate campus as a living lab focusing…

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Climate Prediction Leverages Home Computers for Weather At Home

I posted an article on the MSR External Research blog about a project MSR has sponsored for the past few years – looking to see how climate change could effect regional weather.  See how you can donate idle cycles and more about the work on Weather At Home from the Climate Predication.Net folks as well…

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Research in the Brazilian Rainforest

For the past year our small EEE team in Microsoft External Research has been working with some fabulous researchers in Brazil looking at the rainforest ecosystem.  The Brazilian Rainforest Sensor Network project—a joint effort of the University of São Paulo, Johns Hopkins University, the São Paulo Research Foundation, the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research,…

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Cloud Computing for Science - AzureMODIS: Accelerating the Pace of Environmental Research

They just published an overview of the great collaboration going in the AzureMODIS project with UC Berkeley, Univ of Virginia, and the MSR eScience group.  The project was a very early adopter of Windows Azure and is already one of the largest applications running on Azure.  Kudos goes to Youngryel Ryu, Jie Li and of…

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The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery – Book Released

Today Microsoft Research announced the availability of the book – The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery.  The book focuses on the change of all sciences moving from observational, to theoretical, to computational and now to the 4th Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery.  This is based on Jim Gray’s insights captured via his final public talk…

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Achieving Climate Sustainability – Article in American Meteorological Society

Bill Gail has written a thoroughly thought provoking piece Achieving Climate Sustainability in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.  One of the things I really like about Bill is that he understands the challenge of climate sustainability and the intersection of the Earth system’s three fundamental components: physical, ecosystem, and human. Right now most…

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Environment and Energy Workshop at Faculty Summit 2009

For the past two days at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, we hare hosted a Environment and Energy Workshop to look at areas where computing and IT can help solve some of these grand challenges.  Output from the workshop will be posted on the site in the next few weeks. Faculty Summit 2009 – Microsoft…

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Virtual Earth in full view

Now this is a way to view Virtual Earth – talk about an immersive experience.  I would like to see how WorldWide Telescope would look on this display… PDC2008 ShowOff Entry: Multi-channel Virtual Earth Multi-channel Virtual Earth Description This video shows a multi-channel version of the Virtual Earth control running on a custom curved screen…

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Blogging in Real Ink – electronic notebook?

Earlier this year I stumbled upon Adapx’s Capturx™  for Microsoft® Office OneNote® – which is a digital pen that captures what you write and then you can upload to OneNote.  So you get all the benefits of Paper and Ink (quick boot time :-), long battery life, etc) but then can upload and get the…

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