My name is Colin Brust and I just graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Resource Conservation. For the past two years, I have worked as an intern at the Montana Climate Office using geographic information systems to create and analyze climate data. My latest project, which was funded by the Montana Space Grant Consortium, is focused on comparing gridded climate datasets within Montana. Many scientists and land managers rely on these datasets to inform their scientific models or their decision making processes. Ultimately, we hope to produce a product that tells these stakeholders which gridded datasets are most accurate for their desired application. When I’m not staring at code or thinking about gridded climate data, I spend as much time as possible rock climbing and mountain biking around Missoula.
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