AI for Earth helps researchers get more granular with climate data


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You're on marketplace tech, we've been covering how technology helps us adapt to climate change in our series. How we survive to start with you have to understand the problem and create smart solutions? That's the job of the Chesapeake conservancy, a nonprofit organisation that uses technology to recommend conservation techniques for the Chesapeake Bay and a lot of it comes down to the resolution of the data. Jeff Allenby is director of conservation technology at the Chesapeake conservancy. Now, one thing to know is that the Chesapeake Bay watershed is huge. It's sixty four thousand square miles, spanning six eastern US states and the organization mapped the whole area down to the meter the data set. That'd be created for the Chesapeake of that one, meter resolution was instill is one of the biggest high resolution they uncovered data sets ever created in the world. It took Allenby's team eighteen months and more than. Million dollars to manually process that data as in people having to identify things like the characteristics of a tree or label a house, a house. Then they use the data to advise towns on what to prioritize, whether it's planting trees or restoring wetlands or buying land to conserve and once word got out lots of other nonprofits like around the Great Lakes, wanted to do the same thing with map data. Most don't have the time or the money, but big tech companies do budget simply can't be a barrier to people accessing technology, Lucas Joppa leads Microsoft's AI for earth program, which lends the company's computing power and machine. Learning capabilities to organizations trying to tackle climate solutions the program worked with the Chesapeake conservancy to scale up their approach to land mapping to a much bigger area and faster. We wanted to do that, for the entire United States over ten trillion pixels and it can't take a year and a half to do it. Because if it does you're going to be out of date by the time. You're done right. The company awards grants. Let's organizations and scientists use its cloud computing resources and loans out data scientists to various climate related projects, Joppa, says right now AI for earth isn't meant to be a money maker, but he says tech companies have a responsibility to be part of climate solutions beyond their own in house efforts. We've gotta make sure that we have our own house in order. But then we do have to be proactive in going out and, and ensuring that our products are deployed in ways that empower people to amplify their sustainability impact. And there's business value for Microsoft, and being there, first, where a platform company, and we would prefer to be the platform of choice for everybody. Building technology inspired solutions to environmental challenges for Jeff Allenby at the Chesapeake conservancy, the real value comes and being able to know what's working, and what's not so you know what to conserve and what to let go. So from the side of it, it really allows you to, to understand the context. Of kind of any given action. And it allows you to understand the alternatives. If that action can't go forward and Allenby says those decisions have to be made quickly because there isn't any time to waste. And now I am related links. You can see some of the super detailed maps that the Chesapeake conservancy created and a little more detail about those projects at our website marketplace tech dot org. Thanks, Dan Ackerman, from the water main project at American public media for turning that into a super cool story. And we've got linked to more information about some of the grants that the Microsoft AI for earth project has given out last month in announced five hundred thousand dollars for new grants that will actually be distributed by the Leonardo DiCaprio foundation. And we know that climate intelligence is the first place to start with a lot of these adaptation efforts. So there's a lot more news on that front, all the time earlier this month AT and T shared, the data that it's been using to evaluate the risks to its facilities, and make them more resilient to extreme weather. These data sets were developed by the department of energy's, Argonne National Laboratory, and AT and T made them all available to the public. The company also started a climate resiliency community challenged, so that universities can work with towns in southeastern. States to develop solutions and risk analysis based on that data and just last week in an attempt to get everybody looking at the same peer review trustworthy data the World Meteorological Organization launched the WMO catalog for climate data there. Eighteen data sets in there, so far and the organization hopes more will be added soon, the Wm oh, by the way, I also just learned is basically, the in house, weather, and climate agency of the United Nations. Another fun fact last week, the WMO elected Gerhard Adrian of Germany, as its new president for four year term. And I mentioned this because he beat out our guy. Dr Lewis, you Tonelli who's currently the director of the US national weather service. Sorry, doctor, you Tonelli. I'm Ali would and that's marketplace tech. This is APN. Marketplace turns thirty this year and to celebrate we're going back to the eighties. Check out our totally radical new. 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