IBM analytics is the backbone of our groundbreaking research. I would not be able to do what we are doing today without the power of IBM InfoSphere Streams.

Dr. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, professor and researcher, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

Business Challenge story

To better understand the impact of climate change on sensitive ecosystems, scientists at the University of Alberta deploy hundreds of sensors to measure variables such as temperature and humidity in the forests of Canada, Central and South America.


The University of Alberta teamed with the IBM Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) to develop and implement a high-speed data collection and analytics solution built on IBM InfoSphere Streams software. The solution allows the university’s researchers to analyze the tremendous volumes of real-time information emanating from its vast sensor network.


The University of Alberta gained the capability to detect and analyze the effects of climate change on sensitive environments and expand its reach of research from multiple-hectare to nation-scale areas of study. The solution also reduced the time required to conduct research and develop useful conclusions from months and years to minutes.

Solution Category

  • IBM Hybrid Cloud
  • Solution Components

    • Streams