Climate Change, its Implications, and How Big Data can be Used to Manage it

By the year 2050 according to the UN projections, the future will be African. For every 4 people, 2 of them shall be African.

What that indicates is the enormous amount of work we need to do as both the citizenry and the Governments of all the African countries.

One glaring aspect that needs to be taken care of is the climate change crisis.  It is one aspect that threatens both the National security and food security for the African continent. For the longest time ever, the African continent has always been a follower when it comes to solving its own problems such as disaster and risk. There is always a greater chance of loss of life and billions of value in property lost in the event that there is a disaster.

Therefore putting in place the infrastructure and the knowledge banks that are very pertinent in dealing with these issues is an important aspect in making sure that a foundation is set to ensure that the future generation is taken care of  in term of measures to combat that and also prevent future scenarios from repeating themselves.

We are aware that we need to do better but the frameworks and blueprints that have been laid down in the past are not being utilized fully as they should. This has led to failure of even the most basic implementations. Once the foundation of a process is gotten wrong, every other process in the framework will certainly crumble.

Climate change is real and so are all the secondary problems that it would cause in terms of climate migration which would then lead to pressures such as food security problems, National security, disease outbreak and myriads of problems surrounding it.

It is fundamental that both the policy makers and the citizenry learn to embrace new ways that come with the changes we are now experiencing due to climate change. We have to be conscious of the extreme changes that come with the change in the environment and it’s upon ourselves to find better and faster solutions to our problems.

Solutions such as Big Data Technologies play a major role in offering better and faster ways to monitor extreme changes in weather conditions on real-time ensuring constant dissemination of information to the various relevant entities. A common point of information or Portal that is simplistic and accessible to the public is also a necessary tool to ensure circulation of verified information to the citizens. This would provide necessary information to use on planning day to day activities ensuring that they are sheltered from any surprises due to weather conditions.

However there is a certain extent of infrastructure that has to be put in place to ensure that all these pieces work alongside each other seamlessly without failure. A typical example is Cloud infrastructure and other peripheral services. This ensures that there is always constant service that can serve as many people as possible. Cloud Infrastructure combined with big data analytics would make the process move quickly by operating large data sets on real time.

So the big question would be, could we do better than what we are doing now as the African continent? Or even the countries in the African continent?