EPA using data science to save environment, support agencies

The Chesapeake Bay produces 500 million pounds of seafood per year, supports thousands of fish and birds, and sustains just as many plants and underwater grasses. It also falls under the purview of 1,800 local government entities. So who gets a phone call when there’s a problem with the water? “Think about the difficulty in trying to manage an ecosystem that has this much impact on the environment, where you have to deal with 1,800 different entities for the government,” said Robin Thottungal, chief data scientist and director of analytics at the Environmental Protection Agency. “If any of you have dealt with one agency, you know how difficult it is to make a change. Think about the challenge we have here.” That’s where big data and predictive analytics come into play, Thottungal told an audience gathered…


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