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Brian Bell

Brian Bell

Wellington, New Zealand

As an emerging "provocateur" within the Weather Enterprise Brian Bell is keen to expose what he sees as the slow, insidious silent storm of the corporate takeover of the nation's weather service.

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Brian Bell has been working in the Weather Enterprise for over 15 years. He has been primarily engaged in exploring novel and unconventional ways of densifying the weather observation network to enhance the accuracy of weather forecasting and real-time severe weather alerting. He has spent much of his career in exploring public-private partnerships and hybrid business models that can foster societal benefits while incentivizing private sector investment, including adopting the paradigm known as the Fourth Sector Enterprise. He has been an active member in the American Meteorological Society (AMS) contributing papers, presentations, leading AMS groups, and facilitating conference sessions.

Brian recently joined Meteorological Services of New Zealand (MetService) where he is responsible for managing the company’s programmes and projects portfolio. He brings with him experience in product and innovation management and is currently involved in evaluating viable opportunities related to non-traditional observation data and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS).  He is leading the creation of a collection of weather intelligence “recipes” that can be provided as a service both for internal and external applications for automating weather forecasts, alerts, warnings, and briefings.

Previously he was product manager at Exelis (recently acquired by Harris) overseeing the Helios Environmental Data Platform, a unique approach of transforming traffic cameras across the US into an aggregated network that autonomously and persistently monitors and tracks weather conditions. He oversaw the $200 million NOAA Comprehensive Large Data-array Stewardship System contract for Global Science and Technology’s (GST) commercial Weather Group. As VP of Innovation, Mr. Bell cofounded GST's Innovation Lab and directed its activities toward developing mesoscale and microscale environmental observation networks. Mr. Bell is the visionary behind GST's efforts related to mobile (vehicle-based) observation networks; led the company's efforts on the NOAA-NWS Mobile Platform Environmental Data System and the National Mesonet Program Expansion; and provides leaderships to the United States Mesonet Consortium. Mr. Bell continues to pursue creating unique observation networks by merging environmental micro-sensing systems with telematics to create novel micronets and "wearable" sensors. His areas of expertise include: earth science data systems, innovation, commercialization, hybrid business organizations, and monetization strategies for observation data. Mr. Bell has over 25 years of career experience in high technology, has been involved in several start-up companies, developed new products, and has been instrumental in many initiatives that resulted in new and exciting entrepreneurial and business opportunities. Mr. Bell has an MA degree in GIS and remote sensing from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a BA degree in geography and environmental science from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Mr Bell is a recognized digital artist that transformed NASA earth imagery into Spatial Innovation artwork, Brian is an amalgam of technologist, futurist, scientist, entrepreneur, and artist.

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Update #1 - Early support is appreciated. June 13, 2016

Big thank you for your support at the launch of the campaign. It's a long road to go, but you all helped establish the foundation. Much appreciation to all of you.