Earthmover will bring petascale data tools to climate tech with $1.7M pre-seed • TechCrunch

Shortly after the The COVID pandemic struck, inspiration struck Ryan Abernathey and Joe Hamman. The couple had observed the “mass mobilization” of the epidemiology research community, Abernathey said.

“Joe and I were both thinking at the time, ‘We wanted to be part of something with this level of intensity and urgency around climate change.'”

Abernathey and Hamman met while working on open source projects, including Pangeo and xarrayboth of which gave them a taste of the direction of the estate. Abernatheywho is an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University, said he sees his lab’s work on the tools having a bigger impact than the results of their research projects.

Hammam, who previously worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, also predicted how data tools could begin to change the field. The business world was benefiting from a host of new tools that worked well for their types of data. “But none of those really exist for scientific data,” he said.

The couple eventually bonded with Tony Liua Costanoa Ventures partner specializing in data infrastructure.

“We’ve seen the transformation of the world of business analytics over the last few years,” Liu said, “where you have this ecosystem of cloud-native tools that has emerged that really reduces complexity for a less specialized person. to set up a data infrastructure in their company.We believe that a similar pattern will emerge here.

“We are seeing an increase in the use of climate data, even within our portfolio – several companies are using climate data at scale. And we also expect continued and massive investment in climate technology companies,” said he added.

The magnitude of the data and the problem is why Abernathey and Hamman’s new company, civil engineeringraised a $1.7 million pre-seed round from Liu and Costanoa, TechCrunch exclusively learned.