Stratustics | Every Cloud


The Challenge | Every Cloud

Map severe weather conditions with the presence of local atmospheric aerosols to identify potential connections!


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Understanding and visualising the ways in which aerosols influence severe weather conditions


Space Apps 2017

Every Cloud

Background / Helpful Links

How to Download Data Files from HTTP Service with wget

Reading HDF files in python:

Google API


Reading HDF4:


Getting data from wget:

Data Sources

Aerosol Data

Information on data above:

Cyclone data

Storm database (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association NOAA)

Satellite data (cloud cover/surface temperature)

Global Climate and Environmental data (Temperatures/Pressures/Wind speed)

One step back:

ANN Weather forecasting


Consider various sources of aerosols in your study to identify if certain types of aerosols may be more frequently associated with severe weather events.

Are specific weather events more susceptible to influence by atmospheric aerosols?

UN Goals

  • Goal 1.5: By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.
  • Goal 11.5: By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations.
  • Goal 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries

Our Interest

  • Impact of sulfates.



  • Government/Scientific communities.


Carbon Density [kg/m^2] Feb 22, 2016.

Severe weather events (US, 2016):

Black carbon column density (2016)

July (below):

Temperature (US, 2016)

Black Carbon Column Density (US, Jul 2016)

Corresponding temperature:



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