The climate crisis is erasing natural landscapes, disproportionately affecting indigenous communities whose economies, cultures, and shelter rely on that land. Without record of those landscapes, there's less data available to predict the changing climate, and less time for those communities to prepare before being displaced.
The Earth Archive will provide high resolution data to underserved populations to better plan and respond to Earth system change. This data will allow more accurate measurements of dynamic weather conditions such as flooding, fire forecasting and response, drought, and migrations, and countless other facets.
Since the Industrial Revolution, the ocean has absorbed 90% of the excess heat from global warming and half of the excess carbon dioxide. The way the ocean handles continued increases in heat and carbon dioxide will largely determine how Earth responds to climate change—and monitoring concentrations close to the shore is vital to develop solutions.
Smartfin is an IoT-enabled surf & paddle board fin with embedded sensor technology that captures data to improve understanding of coastal environments. Smartfin provides near real-time data, with high spatial and temporal resolution, to researchers through a freely available, open access cloud database.
Climate change disproportionately impacts vulnerable communities, yet those communities often do not receive the policy attention needed to affect change. Creating data driven advocacy to highlight these issues and open a dialogue between communities, cities, engineers, and governments is critical to ensure just outcomes.
ISeeChange is a climate data platform for cities, engineers, utilities, and the public to develop climate solutions together. Available on the web and mobile devices, the platform tracks impacts, validates models, and helps design solutions through crowd-sourced data and dialogue.
Participants: Peter Kombouras - Founder/CEO
Annually, more than 1.5 billion tons of industrial waste from mining, chemical production, and fossil fuel power production are stored in specialized landfills. Chemicals and compounds from these waste streams have the potential to leach into local soil and waterways, harming those nearby.
Alkemy's solution can recycle more than 16 different types of industrial waste materials into structural-grade lightweight concrete aggregates that offer the same performance as the mined aggregates used today, cost less, and are more environmentally sustainable.
Agricultural Crop Monitoring
Participants: Mark Desantis - CEO
Projections indicate that in 20 years there will be 9.6 billion people to feed, and not enough food. World population is expected to grow 40%, and with climate change disrupting arable land and natural resources, farmers are likely to struggle to meet demand. This coming food scarcity will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable and exacerbate existing inequalities.
Bloomfield provides direct line-of-sight pixel-level inspection using RGB imaging and AI to automatically assess the health and performance of each and every plant in an agricultural operation, regardless of plant type, location, or quantity.
Participants: Patrick Walton - CEO
Alex Laraway - CTO
Climate change is accelerating extreme weather, but forecasting satellites use outdated technology and are slow to distribute information. Hurricane warnings come only 1-2 days in advance, and still lack accuracy, leaving vulnerable communities and those without the resources to evacuate at risk.
Care Weather made radar weather satellites that measure wind over the ocean , and are 1000x cheaper than government scatterometers. An AI-powered weather forecasting system is automatically tuned to optimally use these ocean wind data, along with a free forecasting system for the public to stay informed.
The increased frequency of wildfires linked to climate change stretches firefighting resources to their limits and puts vulnerable communities at risk. Low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by fire evacuations, loss of property, and job disruptions, and suffer loss of life at higher rates.
Fireball’s system, FUEGO, provides early fire detection and mapping services protecting infrastructure and population. Key users can include forestry, fire and emergency services, local, state and federal governments, primary producers, mobile phone tower operators, power companies, and grid operators.