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Smart weather service for Delta region

If you want to enjoy sunset near West Lake, misty rain in the waterfront towns of Jiangnan or fireflies in the firefly-themed park in Pinghu, a planned smart integrated weather service platform for the Yangtze River Delta may help.

The platform will also be able to provide meteorological support for transport, agriculture, anti-pollution measures, gardening and people’s daily lives in the region through latest technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing.

According to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, a feasibility report has been completed with the weather authorities of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces.

All are now working together to build a weather support system for the Yangtze River Delta Ecology and Greenery Demonstration Zone as a trial run.

The system will have meteorological data merged with the data of city operations in the demonstration zone, covering Jiangsu’s Wujiang, Zhejiang’s Jiashan and Shanghai’s Qingpu District. It’s designed with nine subsystems which have different functions, including flood warning, transport support, air pollution prevention, green agriculture, ecological tourism and health services.

“We are designing all these systems now and if the program goes smoothly, construction can start next year and people in the demonstration zone can have access to it in 2022,” said Feng Lei, deputy head and spokesman of the bureau.

Feng said parts have been realized in some areas of the Yangtze River Delta and they will upgrade these services in the demonstration zone.

For the environment, the weather authorities will evaluate the air quality, water quality, plants’ capacity on carbon sequestration and oxygen release, greenery coverage and other ecological indexes as well as develop products to monitor the condition of water plants, they said.


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