Employee Spotlight: Jack McDermid

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Jack McDermid is the Riverside Program Manager for NCEI-CCOG at Stennis Space Center. Jack started out as a boat operator and field technician at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (now University of Southern Mississippi) in Ocean Springs MS, working on Corps of Engineers projects stabilizing spoil islands in the MS sound.  He joined the Naval Oceanographic Office in 1976 as a co-op student and became a certified U.S. Navy diver and biologist conducting ecological monitoring surveys of harbors, barrier reefs, shorelines and marshes near Navy installations. He also participated in oceanographic environmental surveys and search operations aboard Navy oceanographic survey vessels, mine sweepers and submarines.  Following his tenure at NAVOCEANO, Jack transferred to the Office of Naval Research as the Arctic Logistics and Instrumentation Program Manager where he planned and directed logistics support for the largest Arctic experiment in U.S. Naval history.  Jack retired from the Naval Research Laboratory where he was the head of the Naval Acoustics Tactical Applications Section developing ocean acoustic models for simulations, adaptive sampling and optimization systems.  Before ending up at Riverside and NCEI, he spent five years as an IT project manager with Computer Science Corporation supporting the Department of Homeland Security.  Jack holds a double major undergraduate degree in biology and anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration degree from William Carey University.  Jack is married, has two children, two dogs and a cat and lives in Pass Christian Mississippi.

1. What three traits describe you? Loyal, curious, ancient.

2. What are you most excited or passionate about in your career? Still being able to get up every morning

3. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? I was a scrub-diver for an aquarium and part-time animated character actor for commercials for the company.

4. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? Build wooden boats

5. Who lives in your house (people, pets, etc.)? My wife, two kids, two dogs and a cat.

6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I’m allergic to animal hair

7. If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, who makes the guest list? My Mother, Father, Sister and Brother

8. What was your favorite subject in school and why? Science, I was too lazy to be any good at math

9. Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest? Strongest is touch, I’m very tactile; weakest is smell – I can’t.

10. What kind of music do you listen to? Smooth Jazz if I have a choice, otherwise whatever is on the box.

11. You can only eat the same three foods for the rest of your life. What are they? Fried grouper, wild rice, pecan pie

12. If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Woodstock NY; 1969, I must be the only person who missed it.

13. What trend would you like to see go away forever? Rap

14. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? I’d be perfectly happy just to have my vision back to 20/20

15. Tell us about your most unique travel experience. I had to hitch a ride on an empty DC-4 cargo plane returning from Barter Island to Fairbanks Alaska. Going through the mountains the pilot thought it would be fun to chase a herd of caribou so he rolled the plane over for a better view and we flew upside down until the heard scattered. 

16. What’s your #1 item on your bucket list? Fly fishing on the Snake River Idaho.

17. What’s on or in your nightstand? Dust and Off-Grid magazines

18. What’s your biggest pet peeve? The cat claws-up the door casing in the garage at 04:30 every day

19. If you could be on any TV game show, what would it be and why? Jeopardy – I like trivia

20. Name a food item you wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. Brussels sprouts

21. Tell us your favorite joke. No, no…

22. What movie could you watch over and over? Why? “The Rocketeer”, I like 1930s Hollywood

23. Tell me about your best friend. Dive buddy from college, piano keys for teeth he lights up a room, never met a stranger

24. Who’s the most famous person you’ve met? Mel Fisher, treasure hunter Key West FL “Today’s the Day!”

25. Who would play you in a movie about your life? What would be the title of that movie? Steve McQueen; “Blood, Sweat and Fears”

26. What’s an ability you wish you had? Concert 12 string Guitarist

27. Tell us about your best live performance experience. Jimmy Buffet; May 2 1982, Papeete Tahiti, a solo gig where only six of us in the venue spoke English

28. If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be? Locker room with showers so I could run at lunch.

Employee Spotlight: Dr. George Smith

  Dr. George Smith and Augie, on his land in Virginia.

Dr. George Smith and Augie, on his land in Virginia.

Dr. George Smith is Senior Program Manager with Riverside Technology, inc., helping organizations collect, analyze, manage, and disseminate the overload of environmental information about our planet, which is being generated at a pace far exceeding our ability to thoroughly process and digest it.  He is the Riverside team Program Manager for Scientific and Technical Support Services across the NOAA enterprise.  The NOAA Sci-Tech II contract supports NOAA’s Line Office needs for satellite analysis, the weather forecast and climate service missions, as well as fisheries management, coastal restoration and marine commerce.

Dr. Smith served as NOAA’s Weather and Water Goal Lead, responsible for planning and programming approximately one-quarter of NOAA’s budget, related to NOAA’s environmental forecasting mission.  His previous role was as Chief of the Hydrology Laboratory in the Office of Hydrologic Development in the NOAA’s National Weather Service, and the Senior Hydrologist for NOAA’s Hydrology Program.  He is a native of New Jersey, and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., Civil Engineering) and the University of Florida (M.E., Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering).  

Dr. Smith lives in Moneta, Virginia with his wife Margaret, four horses and six cats.

1.  What three traits describe you? Stable and consistent, Passionate and determined, Fair and understanding.

2. What are you most excited or passionate about in your career? Helping people solve their problems and improve their situations

3.  What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? Waiter/dishwasher at a weight-reduction facility (The Englewood Cliffs Milk Farm)

4. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.  I could start a cross-country drive with a box of chocolate on the seat next to me and all of it would make it to the other coast.  My wife thinks that’s great.  Any chocolate that comes into the house is hers.

5. If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, who makes the guest list? Someone who walked across India with Gandhi on the Salt March, a native America from the time before European contact, a farmer from China, and a non-violent convict exiled to Australia while it a British penal colony.

6.   What kind of music do you listen to? A good question.  I just checked my Pandora stations: Southern Rock, Margaritaville, The Band, Jimi Hendrix, The Moody Blues, Instrumental, The Who, 70s Rock, The Beach Boys, Jethro Tull, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles. Sounds like anything pre-1990s to me.

7.   You can only eat the same three foods for the rest of your life. What are they? Pasta and broccoli, Broccoli and pasta, Did you say I need to name three?

8.   If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Establishing a human settlement on Mars. Oh, you mean past historical?

9.  Tell us about your most unique travel experience. Participated in the first World Solar Challenge, where entrants drove solar-powered cars across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide.  Camped for several weeks in the Outback while supporting a team of junior college students and their car.

10.  What’s on or in your nightstand? A cat.

11.  What’s your biggest pet peeve? People getting wound up about things they can’t change.

12.   What movie could you watch over and over? None of them.  I’d rather be doing than watching. If I were caught up and it was a rainy day perhaps Casablanca. There are subtleties in every scene.

 

Riverside team works on Artificial Intelligence project processing satellite data with MIIDAPS software.

                Window Channel Radiance

              Window Channel Radiance

Riverside team members Eric Maddy and Adam Neiss are supporting NOAA’s Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) to develop a proof of concept algorithm utilizing machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques applied to remote sensing, data assimilation, numerical weather prediction, and radiative transfer. The team leveraged the Multi-Instrument Inversion and Data Assimilation Preprocessing System (MIIDAPS) - a software package for remote sensing, data assimilation, preprocessing, and quality control - to develop MIIDAPS-AI, the artificial intelligence extension of MIIDAPS.

           ABI water cloud top pressure

         ABI water cloud top pressure

Currently, MIIDAPS processes passive microwave (PMW) as well as geostationary and polar orbiting infrared (IR) sounder and imager observations to provide the simultaneous inversion / of profiles of temperature, humidity, cloud, rain and ice, trace gases (CO, CO2, CH4, N2O), as well as the surface emissivity and skin temperature.

 MIIDAPS-AI is applicable to the same sensors and applications and matches the performance of the traditional remote sensing algorithms. The main advantage of MIIDAPS-AI is the greatly improved efficiency in computing performance - excluding I/O and data preprocessing. The full-physics MIIDAPS-AI product generation takes just a few seconds compared to several hours for the 1DVAR physical MIIDAPS algorithm.

                                    ECMWF ice cloud top pressure

                                  ECMWF ice cloud top pressure

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ECMWF water cloud top pressure

Eric Maddy began development of MIIDPAS-AI 10 months ago by training the AI to process the data produced by the Suomi-NPP ATMS sensor. In the last six months, with the assistance from Adam Neiss, MIIDAPS-AI has been extended to six additional sensors: Suomi-NPP CrIS, MetOp-A AMSU-A/MHS, MetOp-B AMSU-A/MHS, NOAA-18 AMSU-A/MHS, NOAA-20 ATMS, and GOES-16 ABI. MIIDAPS-AI runs daily and produces research-level products for each sensor.  Below is an animation of GOES-16 ABI, ECMWF water and ice cloud top pressures, and ABI window channel radiances. MIIDAPS-AI products and more information can be found at: star.nesdis.noaa.gov/MIIDAPS-AI.

Riverside attends 98th American Meteorological Society (AMS) 2018 Annual Meeting

The 98th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) was held last month in Austin, TX. As in past years, Riverside employees provided many technical contributions throughout the proceedings. Riverside’s participation spoke directly to the 2018 Weather, Water, and Climate Communications theme with numerous Riverside speakers and session chairs. Our booth focused on Riverside’s greatest assets, the Riverside employees, and how we are fundamental to the success of our company. Additionally, we sponsored a lunch session on Unlocking the Value of Satellite Observations through the Cloud. As always, one of the greatest benefits AMS provided was the opportunity for Riverside participants to connect with numerous current clients, potential clients, current partners, and potential partners.

  Riverside employee Ward Seguin presenting on the people and projects that make Riverside great.

Riverside employee Ward Seguin presenting on the people and projects that make Riverside great.

The theme this year was, “Transforming Communication in the Weather, Water and Climate Enterprise Focusing on Challenges Facing our Sciences.” The following excerpt from the Program Proceedings places this theme into context. Note how it aligns with many of the activities that we currently perform for NOAA.

Communication is a dynamic, powerful, and essential part of the weather, climate, and water enterprise. Successful communication requires active engagement – not only thinking about what, when, where, how, why, and to whom we speak but also carefully listening to better understand and respond appropriately. Every day we communicate to share and generate ideas, exchange information, inform the public, and create an understanding and awareness of our sciences. And we do this with the goal of benefiting society within an ever-changing backdrop of policy, technology, and knowledge.

To ensure the success of our enterprise in the future, the 2018 AMS Annual Meeting theme is devoted to exploring our culture of communication. The years 2019–20 will mark an inflection point for the AMS as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. Regardless of how we communicated during the past century, the next 100 years will unquestionably be far different and ever-changing. Formidable challenges remain in communicating emergency actions simply, expressing probabilistic/ uncertainty information clearly, honing our predictive skills for chaotic systems, and perfecting our data collection and analysis techniques, all of which will be happening across scientific disciplines and between the government, academic, and commercial sectors, as well as with international collaborators. The intent of the 2018 Annual Meeting theme is to enhance our scientific conference with a focus on communication science and practice as the cornerstone upon which we can stand and lead through innovative, unifying solutions to enhance and strengthen our enterprise.

The 2018 AMS Planning Committee encouraged that time be devoted to answering one or more of the following questions through special sessions, keynote speakers, town hall meetings, oral/poster presentations and panel discussions:

  • What are the key opportunities, both technical and practical, for improving communication within your specialty areas? What are examples of best practices for new methods of communication?
  •  What is the future of scientific communication in general including BAMS and other online AMS-related media? 
  • How should future AMS meetings be structured to improve community-wide engagement and knowledge exchange? How can technology make meetings accessible to more people?
  •  What are the communication opportunities across generations, languages, cultures, and the government, academic, and commercial sectors? In what ways can each specialty improve engagement with other disciplines, policy-makers, and the public? 

These questions are worth considering as we perform our day-to-day activities. Consider the following quote taken from the main NOAA web page (emphasis added).

From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

The “provision of reliable information” requires two-way communication. It is not sufficient for NOAA to simply product products and information; they must also be understood by the intended audiences if they are to be catalysts for the transformation of data into value. That message is the essence of this AMS meeting. The salient question for us is, then, how can we help NOAA better achieve that goal? Riverside, in conjunction with AER, provided box lunches for the Panel Discussion on Unlocking the Value of Satellite Observation for the Public through Cloud-based Access.

NOAA's Chief Data Officer and Big Data Project (BDP) Director, Dr. Ed Kearns, convenes experts from across the commercial data industry and research sector to discuss how NOAA's satellite resources may be made available to a wider community through cloud-based platforms that focuses on maximizing data usability and accessibility. Panelists include BDP Collaborators, researchers, and commercial industry representatives who will discuss their experiences with GOES-16 and other satellite data on their cloud platforms, how these platforms can be used to support the development and distribution of future satellite products, and their view of the future for the cloud to ensure the maximum extraction of value for NOAA's data users. Q&A will seek user feedback on cloud data access, the NOAA BDP activity, and the suitability of the cloud for development and distribution of new information products. A limited number of boxed lunches will be provided by Riverside Technology and AER.

Riverside employees provided numerous technical presentations (oral and poster) and co-chaired various sessions. Riverside employees also contributed to papers or posters presented by others.

This year, our featured booth presentation focused on us, the Riverside employees, and how we are fundamental to the success of our company. Our stellar reputation, honestly earned by all our hard work and dedication to our customer’s needs, remains a great ambassador for us. In fact, we are always encouraged when young scientists and engineers seek us out to drop off a copy of their resume and this year was no exception.

We look forward to doing it all again in Phoenix in 2019 – we hope to see you there!

Employee Spotlight: Vern Settle

  Riverside's Chief Financial Officer, Vern Settle

Riverside's Chief Financial Officer, Vern Settle

Vern grew up in rural Washington state near a fishing town, in a house on a beach, overlooking part of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.  He graduated from the same high school as his father and grandfather. Vern then graduated from Western Washington University and promptly moved to southern California, where he met his wife and lived for ten years before moving to Loveland in 1994.   The youngest of his three kids is the only Colorado native in the family.  Riverside is the first non-manufacturing job Vern has held.   As the CFO, he is responsible for financial reporting, financial planning, banking relationships, risk management and everything else financial.  Vern received his CMA (certified management accountant) certification 10 years ago and is now working on a follow-on CSCA (certified in strategy and competitive analysis) certification. He will sit for the exam in March.

Vern and his family enjoy vacationing in Mexico, usually Playa del Carmen & Puerto Vallarta, and quick trips to Las Vegas in the winter to catch a little warmth.  

1.      What three traits describe you? 
         a.) Outdoorsy
         b.) Patient, able to defer gratification
         c.) Numbers oriented (I have a spreadsheet for everything)

2.      What are you most excited or passionate about in your career?
          
Making a business succeed through strategy and planning.

3.      What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
          Right out of college, I took a job at a tax-preparer shop in Oxnard, CA.  On the first day, I realized the owner was running a scam to get as many customers through the shop by getting them unreal (and fraudulent) refunds.  I guess he had been doing this for a couple of years.  He developed a blue-collar (oil rigs) clientele.  The word had spread of the near 100% refunds and the lines were out the door.   I quit at the end of the day.  All the clients got audited and the owner went to jail a year later.  

4.      What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
       
 I probably be building a real estate investment business by flipping houses.

5.      Who lives in your house (people, pets, etc.)?
         My wife, Laura and her five cats (not mine!).    My son, Kevin is still living with us and saving money to buy a house.

6.      Tell us something that might surprise us about you. 
         While I was in college, I fished commercially in Alaska on a salmon seine boat. 

7.      What was your favorite subject in school and why?
          Economics.    It just made the world make sense to me.

8.      What kind of music do you listen to?
          I can listen to most classic rock and country music.  I really like big band music as well.

9.      You can only eat the same three foods for the rest of your life. What are they?
          Qdoba burritos, grilled elk steaks and apple pie.

10.  Tell us about your most unique travel experience.
        Piloting my brother’s 38 ft. dive boat from Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska.

11.   Name a food item you wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.
        Lutefisk.   I grew up in a town with great Scandinavian heritage.

12.   What movie could you watch over and over? Why?
         The Perfect Storm.  I can relate to it pretty well with my fishing experience.

13.   Tell me about your best friend.
         
Mick is my best friend.  We were roommates in college.  He has stayed true to his values since day one and is a successful businessman owning the same sound production/reinforcement business since we were roommates.

14.   Who would play you in a movie about your life? What would be the title of that movie?
         Robert De Niro.   “The Greatest Fisherman who ever Lived”.

15.   Tell us about your best live performance experience.
         I was a drummer.  I met some guys on college who wanted me to play in their band.   They were complete hacks but had a lot of stage charisma.  They got a gig to play at some outdoor event on campus.  I agreed to do it but did it with a paper bag over my head as “the unknown drummer”.  It ended up being a successful, fun and funny gig.  

16.   If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?
        Personal, free tech support available all the time.

 

Riverside Technology hosts Side Panel Discussion at AMS Conference in January

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Riverside Technology, inc. and Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) will host the Side Panel Discussion: “Unlocking the Value of Satellite Observations for the Public through Cloud-Based Access” on Tuesday January 9, 2018 from 12:15pm-1:15pm. This will take place in room 18CD at the Austin Convention Center and Hilton. The panel features NOAA’s Chief Data Officer and Big Data Project Director, Dr. Ed Kearns as well as experts from the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-North Carolina (CICS-NC), Amazon Web Services, IBM, Open Commons Consortium, and Digital Globe.  They gather to discuss how NOAA’s satellite resources may be made available to a wider community through cloud-based platforms that focus on maximizing data usability and accessibility.

Panelists will discuss their experiences with GOES-16 and other satellite data on their cloud platforms, how these platforms can be used to support the development and distribution of future satellite products, and their view of the future for the cloud to ensure the maximum extraction of value for NOAA’s data users. Q&A will seek user feedback on cloud data access, the NOAA BDP activity, and the suitability of the cloud for development and distribution of new information products. A limited number of boxed lunches will be provided by Riverside and AER.

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Employee Spotlight: Gemma Ray

  Gemma at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Gemma at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Gemma Ray is Riverside’s Payroll and Billing Specialist. She began employment with Riverside in March of 2016. Her job duties consist principally of processing payroll for 130+ employees and billing preparation and processing for Riverside’s valued customers.  Prior to arriving at Riverside, Gemma has worked for many different companies and in many different capacities, from payroll, to general accounting, to project capital accounting and billing. 

Gemma was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the U.S. She worked her way through college at Metro State, and has been working ever since.  My employers were also located all over the Front Range, including working for several years at the City of Loveland, both for the general accounting department for city administration, as well as with the water and power utility departments.  Because of the various jobs she has held, Gemma now finds herself to be very appreciative of the staff and management here at Riverside, combined with the variety of the job.

1.      What three traits describe you? 

I am determined to resolve all employee payroll issues as quickly and as flawlessly as possible.

I am conscientious about my responsibilities because I know the monetary matters I deal with daily have a very profound and personal impact on the hard-working individuals (and families), who are the foundation of Riverside’s success.

I pride myself on my organizational skills which I have developed over the numerous years of my career (sometimes from the experience acquired with wisdom, but more often as is the case, from mistakes I have seen made at other companies which I don’t want to see any staff repeat here at Riverside).

2.      What are you most excited or passionate about in your career?

I enjoy all the new challenges associated with implementing new accounting and payroll systems which replace older, less capable, and less efficient applications.

3.      What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

When I was in college, I used to work as a restaurant delivery girl.

4.      Who lives in your house (people, pets, etc.)?

As of the departure of my eldest son (18) to the Colorado State University dorms last month, I now share my home with my husband; my youngest son (13 years old) and my hard working, stubborn mother who is amazingly still staunchly determined to continue working nearly full time at 77 years of age!

5.      Tell us something that might surprise us about you.  

I have travelled (and part of the time I was even awake enough to enjoy the lovely scenery out the window) through part of Europe (France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy) on a bus tour. 

6.      If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, who makes the guest list?

I would invite David Copperfield, Michael Jackson, Thorin Oakenshield (the character, not the actor), and my best friend from high school.

7.      If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

I would choose the ability to shoot laser beams out of my eyes at any other drivers, pedestrians, or birds who threatened to get too close to my beautiful car (My Precious)! J

8.      Tell us about your most unique travel experience.

My hotel room in Venice was so small, you couldn’t even sit up in bed without hitting your head on the ceiling rafter!  Likewise, the ceiling height was so low in the bathroom that you couldn’t even stand up to take a shower!  AND there wasn’t even a shower curtain to stop the water from spraying all over the bathroom floor! 

9.      What movie could you watch over and over? Why?

All of the 3 Hobbit movies! *THORIN OAKENSHIELD* Rocks!   

10.  Tell me about your best friend.

She is hilarious and always makes me laugh!  She lives in Japan.

11.  Who would play you in a movie about your life? What would be the title of that movie?

Sandra Bullock.  “The Rocky Road Through Life to Find Happiness Requires Courage and Faith.”

12.  Tell us about your best live performance experience.

Probably when I saw Janet Jackson in Denver?

13.  If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Personal espresso maker with all necessary supplies provided by the company!

Small Business Innovation Research for Risk-Based Decisions

Riverside and our Asheville-based partners, NEMAC and FernLeaf, have developed web-based tools to connect severe weather with socioeconomic information to help identify vulnerability of assets and to inform risk based decisions. We developed tools to integrate data from National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and other National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data centers with socioeconomic and other custom datasets. Our initial efforts have been to develop tools, services, and datasets to help community Emergency Managers (EMs) and city planners connect severe weather to hazards with socioeconomic information to determine exposure and to inform resiliency planning.

Our recently available Severe Weather Climatology and Data website, sbir.riverside.com, provides publicly available product information, highlights NCEI data, demonstrates our free interactive tools, and points customers to our fee-based products and services. 

Other aspects of the SBIR project are still under development.

  1. Severe Weather Risk Assessment. These are free interactive web-based tools that are integrated with the Severe Weather Climatology and Data website. These tools provide integrated access to processing and analysis of publicly available datasets. They visualize the available data sources in meaningful ways to enable users to explore severe weather, the resulting hazards, and their impacts on society.
  2. Customized Severe Weather and Multi-Hazard Risk Tools and Services.  These paid products will include software, data, and services customized for communities.

Riverside’s corporate mission is to “improve lives and livelihoods by leveraging environmental intelligence to solve the world’s most challenging water, land, and climate related problems.” By participating in these research projects and through our partnerships with businesses and institutions, we aim to advance the overall understanding of the severity and frequency of extreme events, and provide tools for decision makers in their planning and response.

 To insure that our customers can fully apply our tools to their risk analysis needs, we have designed the tools to match the risk process and definitions outlined in the US Climate Resilience Toolkit  (toolkit.climate.gov) . We assume that most of our customers will be using a risk analysis process similar to the one utilized by the US Climate Resilience Toolkit.

To insure that our customers can fully apply our tools to their risk analysis needs, we have designed the tools to match the risk process and definitions outlined in the US Climate Resilience Toolkit (toolkit.climate.gov). We assume that most of our customers will be using a risk analysis process similar to the one utilized by the US Climate Resilience Toolkit.

Collaboration between Riverside Technology, inc. and TruWeather Solutions

  TruWeather Solutions provides forecasting and alerting technology

TruWeather Solutions provides forecasting and alerting technology

Riverside has worked for more than 30 years to meet the unique and changing needs of the water and weather industry. We have long believed in collaborating with companies providing cutting-edge technology to bring science-based actionable information to their clients. We are therefore proud to announce a relationship with TruWeather Solutions, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Virginia, and operating out of New York State. TruWeather is focused on accelerating weather science and technology from labs and universities into commercial operations. TruWeather’s cutting-edge capabilities provide clients a competitive advantage through organization-wide dissemination of highly customized weather messages and visualizations to plan, prepare, and execute decisions and actions consistently for any type of weather scenario. TruWeather has a proven framework for recovering lost profits for weather sensitive businesses.

  Onion Creek in Austin, TX after catastrophic flooding in 2013. As mapped by RiverTrak.

Onion Creek in Austin, TX after catastrophic flooding in 2013. As mapped by RiverTrak.

By joining the functionality of Riverside’s RiverTrak real-time flood inundation maps with TruWeather’s weather forecasting data and alerting platform, we provide an end-to-end solution to improve the quality of data for emergency managers, first responders, community planners, and for businesses and individuals who are affected by weather and flooding. This serves as an essential source of information for planning, preparation, response, and recovery.

Riverside and TruWeather are working together towards a complex view of how water and weather events impact business intelligence and supply logistics decision while simplifying that information for organizations. We will continue the ongoing work of assessing impacts of water quality and how it affects aquiculture and agriculture by way of heavy rains impacting specific areas and evaluating how to best address and mitigate issues that arise.

Riverside and TruWeather are beginning our collaboration with actionable information about the Onion Creek watershed in Austin Texas as a showcase for the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting in January 2018. This will demonstrate the synergy between RiverTrak’s flood inundation mapping, showcasing a scenario of an extreme flood event, and TruWeather’s alerting capabilities for an emergency management use case.

In addition, Riverside and TruWeather will begin collaborating on a solution incorporating both fine-scale weather forecast and alerting capabilities, and flood inundation mapping for the State of New York. TruWeather is a certified New York State SDVOSB and is one of very few addressing the complex weather needs in that area.

We are enthusiastic about this partnership and look forward to the many opportunities ahead as we continue to address the challenges of rapidly changing water and weather needs in our country and the world.

To learn more about TruWeather Solutions please visit: TruWeather Solutions. Additional details about RiverTrak can also be found at www.rivertrak.com. 

Employee Spotlight: Jeff Trew

  Jeff Trew

Jeff Trew

Jeff Trew took his first trip as a longline explorer for the Pelagic Observer Program (POP) on the fishing vessel ADAM-C out of Panama City, FL. The ADAM-C was one of the first instances of conducting offshore research on a commercial fishing vessel. Jeff’s work was invaluable to the continuation of the program as well as paving the way for future observers. In his career, he has exceeded 150 trips and spent nearly 2,000 sea days. Over the past 18 years Jeff has proven himself to be one of the hardest working individuals to join the POP effort. His supervisors and colleagues have praised his incredible work ethic and noted him as a desired team member to have on the most challenging trips.

His experience, reliability, positive attitude, and amiability over the years have endeared him to those who have worked with him. Many vessels mention Jeff by name, commend the quality of his work, and relay how enjoyable it is to be around him as a person and co-worker. In an often-unforgiving marine environment, his pleasant personality is a welcome change.  Jeff is spoken of as a great story teller and conversationalist, with an uncanny ability to remember details and personal information. He exhibits joy in the work that he does and deeply cares about his colleagues and his work. Jeff represents Riverside, NOAA, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with a professionalism we should all strive to replicate.