Predictive Forecasting: Saving Lives with AI, Satellites, and Science

Published December 1, 2023

a satellite image of the countryside in Portugal, dotted with wind turbines

Photo by Paulo Simões Mendes, Unsplash.

Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 – While countries struggle to find solutions to the climate crisis deepening around the globe, policymakers at COP28 are setting their sights on critical information that could ultimately save millions of people from the ravages of food shortages, malnutrition, and diseases. For the first time, high-resolution satellite imagery coupled with artificial intelligence is mapping the latest locations of climate migration that have long been difficult to quantify and predict.

“We’re forecasting human mobility and population density on a granular level that’s up to date and comprehensive enough to launch emergency aid and resources before it’s too late,” said Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine.

IHME is partnering exclusively with Microsoft’s AI for Good Lab and Planet Labs to provide these early warnings. They will share their initial findings and the various climate-related scenarios that policymakers, health systems, and relief workers can use today to plan for tomorrow’s disasters.

Join the COP28 session, Moving at the Speed of AI: How AI Accelerates Progress on Climate Solutions, moderated by David Kirkpatrick, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy Media. The speakers are:

  • Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, Director, IHME
  • Juan M. Lavista Ferres, VP & Chief Data Scientist, Microsoft
  • Andrew Zolli, Chief Impact Officer, Planet Labs PBC
  • Loretta (Lori) Hieber Girardet, Chief of the Risk Knowledge, Monitoring and Capacity-Development, UNDRR
  • Vanessa Gray, Head of the Division for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Emergency Telecommunications ITU

When: Wednesday, 6 Dec. at 11:30 – 13:00 GST

Location: UNFCCC Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP28

All meetings open to journalists will be available live and on-demand. They will also be live-streamed on YouTube.

Media Contact: [email protected]

Journalists attending in person are invited to RSVP online.

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