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How the oceans harness artificial intelligence to fight climate change

We have already spoken more than once in this Blog about Microsoft’s ‘AI for Earth’ initiative, which aims, in addition to promoting its own capabilities in the cloud and artificial intelligence (AI), developing projects that allow solving or appeasing some of the problems that plague planet Earth. And fighting against climate change is, without a doubt, one of the most relevant tasks that concern everyone, and also artificial intelligence to know how the dreaded climate change affects the evolution of the oceans.

We already know that the oceans cover about 70% of the planet’s surface and are essential for preserving life on Earth. And that they are responsible for generating almost half of the oxygen we breathe, for providing us with food and resources to be able to live and also for regulating the temperature of the planet. But sadly global warming is having a profound impact on our oceans. From rising sea levels to rising storms, they have significant consequences for everyone. If the sea level continues to rise, the water will flood major coastal cities like New York or Shanghai, displacing up to 187 million people by 2100.

However, for two years, and in France, Professor Ronan Fablet and his team of researchers from IMT Atlantique have been studying and making forecasts of the influence that climate change has on the oceans. In particular, the researchers are developing models to analyze ocean dynamics from remote sensing data collected by satellite. These models allow a better understanding of both the terrestrial climate and the impact that climate change has on the oceans, from currents to increasing CO2 concentrations.

The IMT Atlantique research institute has been awarded the AI for earth EU Oceans Awards, an initiative for European research organizations that focus on problems related to marine ecosystems. IMT Atlantique grants offer researchers AI tools and Cloud Computing resources to help them develop their work. These grants are part of the AI for Earth program promoted by Microsoft, a commitment that for five years will have a budget of 50 million dollars and that, in its first two years, has already awarded more than 236 grants.

The IMT Atlantique team is using Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure, to take advantage of multiple tools that are capable of generating 3D models of the ocean surface. In turn, these models are helping to validate new theories and better understand how the ocean surface is changing. Those responsible for the project believe that the knowledge and information gathered will help oceanographers and conservationists to better protect our oceans.

Promoting the sustainable use and conservation of the oceans is one of the 14 development goals of the United Nations, an urgent call to action to achieve a more sustainable future for all. This is why it is important to remember the important role that the oceans play in everyday life. The success of projects like Ronan’s will help understand, support and stop climate change to avoid further damaging Earth’s marine ecosystems, inspiring others to use technology to help save the planet.

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