A program of the Institute for International Urban Development
for climate resilience
a decision-making tool
With support of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation Accelerator Grant we are working to advance the AI Climate Algorithms
detects, monitors, predicts
AI Climate is a decision making/mapping tool for climate-resilience planning geared to secondary and tertiary cities and their regions which lack data at the local level and have limited technical capacity and resources. It uses machine learning (ML) technology that processes geospatial imagery and geo-referenced datasets, deriving data in the form of analytics-ready-layers such as impacts of flooding, landslides, land degradation, and others specific to the region.
with and for
in the global south
With these layers, AI Climate maps, monitors, and assesses climate change-related impacts in fast urbanizing cities while identifying and focusing on the poorer, most vulnerable communities within them.
The AI Climate platform is easy and ready to use, faster, and cheaper to update compared to traditional methods. Thus freeing funds to build resilience in cities and communities in an easier scalable way. AIClimate has a strong community data validation and participation component.
Credit I2UD Dr. Mona Serageldin Arusha - Ward Meetings 2016
Courtesy Google Earth - 3D used as base to compose this graphic
The final output is an up-to-date flood-risk heat map applicable to the city and its region, featuring the footprints of socially vulnerable areas. It also includes landslides and land value grid map. Since both flooding and informal settlements are moving targets, it is imperative that we understand the proximate future in fast urbanizing cities.
Most importantly, this tool is complemented by a user-centered community process for co-creation of local flooding maps, a scenario-planning and co-design of equitable interventions to mitigate their exposure to climate change hazards.
For more information contact: Alejandra Mortarini or Carlos Rufin
deep neural networks
Patrick J. McGovern Foundation Accelerator Program
The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation has named 10 climate action organizations around the world to the 2022 Accelerator Grant Program to advance their
use of data and AI for impact. We are proud and honored to be one of these 10 organizations.
AI for Earth
AI for Earth
Microsoft and the National Geographic Society (NGS) partnered to support projects using AI to address environmental challenges in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, water, and agriculture. We are grateful to be among those awarded.
Institute for International Urban Development
Our initial investment allowed us to proceed with a proof of concept (PoC) focused on river/rain flooding in two cities in Honduras, which we completed in 2021 together with our technology and scientist collaborators in Honduras. The PoC showed that ML algorithms can identify river/rain flooding risks and socially vulnerable communities.
2020 World Bank Conference
Paper on Land and Poverty
To explore our AI Climate idea, we developed a concept paper accepted for presentation at the 2020 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference.