Abstract & Bio
 Title: “ Localized Real-Time Agronomic Weather Data: A “Big Data” Foundation to improve-and Monitor-Ag Production ”




Dr John Corbett  



Agricultural climatologist
Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer aWhere Inc. Headquarters
Broomfield, Colorado, USA



aWhere creates a ‘virtual’ weather station’s worth of ag-met data every ~9km across the agricultural earth.  Quite literally there are daily min/max temperature, min/max relative humidity, rainfall, solar radiation, wind speed and wind direction data for each day for all areas across the agricultural earth.   These data are current to yesterday and include 8 days of hourly forecast (updated every 6 hours).  All these data are accessible now via our API see http://developer.awhere.com/ This is very much a ‘Big Data’ platform.

Increased weather variability is one manifestation of a warmer atmosphere.  Risk and uncertainty grow as farmers – and really all segments of the agricultural value chain – struggle to adapt to new challenges in the production environment.  Closely monitoring agronomic weather then provisioning insight to the many segments of the ag value chain is a necessary part of meeting these many new challenges. 

A key objective is to provide timely, localized and relevant, ag-meteorology based information to farmers.  With widespread adoption of ICT’s well underway, aWhere is already provisioning ag-information to more than 500,000 farmers, more than half of these in sub-Saharan Africa.

Monitoring crop growth and tracking food security is a second key objective – other efforts include various risk assessment work and technology adaptation targeting as this meteorological data resource has about 10 years of historical daily data.     


John Corbett, Ph.D., agricultural climatologist and aWhere, Inc. co-founder and Chief Science Officer. After graduating with honors from Dartmouth College, then earning a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, John focused his career on growing a repertoire of applied temporal-spatial applications in agricultural meteorology as part of a scalable, enterprise, agricultural intelligence platform.
With 20+ years working in agriculture and international development, John now leads a team that includes software and database experts, agricultural scientists, and business leaders leveraging technology to deliver actionable, timely, location specific information meeting a wide spectrum of needs across the agricultural value chain.

Working closely with national and international organizations in the US, Kenya, Switzerland, and Mexico, John built and managed systems to utilize geo-analytics and real-time data and information to increase positive outcomes. Leveraging this expertise, John identified a major need in the marketplace that became the framework for aWhere’s products. Prior to aWhere, John worked with Syngenta as Head of Global GIS; at Texas A&M’s Blackland Research Center; with ICRAF – Nairobi; and with CIMMYT – Mexico.

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