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CubeSat networks hasten shift to commercial weather data

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Science  14 Jul 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6347, pp. 118-119
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6347.118

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  • Why shouldn't we combine satellite data with mobile data?

    Eric Hand mentioned commercial weather data published in Science (1). Why shouldn't we combine satellite data with mobile data for achieving better prediction? These days, a smart phone has a variety of accurate sensors including a barometer, a humidity sensor, a temperature sensor, a 3D accelerometer, a 3D gyroscope sensor, a 3D magnetometer, a light sensor, a GPS sensor, and others. BME280 is a typical weather component to measure atmospheric pressure, humidity, and temperature which is better than ordinary weather stations used in schools. Air pressure absolute accuracy is ±1 hPa. Relative air pressure accuracy is ± 0.12 hPa. Relative humidity is ± 3 %. Absolute accuracy of temperature is ±0.5°C.

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    1. Eric Hand, CubeSat networks hasten shift to commercial weather data, Science, 14 Jul 2017: Vol. 357, Issue 6347, pp. 118-119

    Competing Interests: None declared.