Posted by Neno Duplan
Anyone working in environmental data management knows, as a field it gets no respect, the practitioners are “nerds” and it’s basically not as sexy as climate change or off-setting your carbon footprint.
However, behind all the climate change hype, all the “greening of America” is a bunch of dedicated data managers and environmental system programmers that make it all happen. You can’t measure climate change without environmental data managers. You can’t measure your carbon footprint without environmental data managers. And you most certainly can’t run a sustainable company and tout your reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) without environmental data managers.
So, why are the people that make all this monitoring, reporting, tracking, and foot printing possible not recognized as a true profession? There are at best a handful of specialty conferences where environmental data management is a niche presentation. There are a few groups – Locus sponsors one on Linked In – but by and large it’s a shadow profession.
So will 2010 change all this?
Probably not. But at least one person (me) wants to acknowledge as this decade comes to a close, all the hard work, dedication, and creativity of the programmers, engineers, scientists, database designers, and other various professionals that dedicate their careers to managing the complexities of environmental data and create the tools that allow the world to track their carbon and water footprints, monitor their water supplies for chemicals, track hazardous air emissions, monitor ocean health, and track turtles.