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AI for the Resilient City

Pilot of a scalable planning and predictions data visualization tool enables municipalities to better evaluate infrastructure projects, mitigate climate risks and invest effectively

Around the world, resiliency planning is finding its way to the top of municipalities’ agendas. The need to prepare for climate-related hazards — from droughts to fires, heat waves to rising global temperatures — has never been more urgent.  

That’s why Evergreen has developed AI for the Resilient City. Built on the Microsoft Azure platform, the data visualization tool aims to help municipalities across Canada plan for and mitigate the impacts of climate change.  

The pilot was developed with the City of Calgary's Climate Adaption team and examines the temperature levels across the city, helping to identify extreme heat areas, otherwise known as the Urban Heat Island effect (UHI), with the future goal of projecting UHI levels so that the municipality can then use the information to plan for a more climate resilient future.  

Municipalities across Canada will be able to leverage the AI technology to address a host of climate-related hazards, from flooding to earthquakes. It will help visualize pressing questions: What did the City look live five year ago? What could it look like in 50, if the status quo is maintained? What impact would various climate interventions have?  

For more information and how to get involved, please visit the project page

 

AI for the Resilient City is made possible by AI for Earth, a pillar of the AI for Good, Microsoft’s commitment to empower those working around the world to solve humanitarian issues and create a more sustainable and accessible world. The tool has been created in partnership with data science and AI company Gramener. It will be available to municipalities across Canada to plan for and mitigate the impact of climate change in their communities. 

AI for the Resilient City is funded in part by the RBC Foundation through RBC Tech for Nature to help scale this program. 

 

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