EEA's Azure-powered 'Eye on Earth' site lets citizens track environmental data

European Environment Agency's Windows Azure-powered “Eye on Earth” portal, showcased at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15), provides real-time environmental information to the 500 million people who live in the EEA's 32 member countries. It serves up that data in a visual format via Bing Maps. “So far, users have sent 64,000 updates […]

European Environment Agency's Windows Azure-powered “Eye on Earth” portal, showcased at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15), provides real-time environmental information to the 500 million people who live in the EEA's 32 member countries. It serves up that data in a visual format via Bing Maps. “So far, users have sent 64,000 updates through original Eye on Earth's feedback feature, Gay says. Refreshed site now lets users leave structured feedback, he added. Another new feature lets users in EEA member countries query Eye on Earth on their mobile device and receive data through SMS. By linking locally relevant information from near real-time public observations to scientific measurements, Eye on Earth creates an important new channel for policymakers and citizens across Europe to communicate environmental data, says Rob Bernard, of Microsoft.