Thursday, October 14, 2010

New NOAA supercomputing center coming to West Virginia

Ben Adducceo in West Virginia Public Broadcasting: A supercomputer that can predict and study weather patterns better than ever before is coming to Fairmont next year. The computer and its center is being built at the Interstate 79 Technology Park. This supercomputer will help scientists understand climate change better.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the beginning of work to renovate the I-79 Technology Research Park into a place fit to hold the supercomputer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration’s Environmental Security Computing Center is designed to improve the accuracy of global and regional weather predictions.

Jane Lubchenco is the administrator of NOAA. “It will help us tackle the great big huge problem of generating better information about climate change at the regional scale,” she said….

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