Christian Requena Mesa, from our Climate Informatics Group is now participating in the 8-week research sprint organized by the Frontier Development Lab (FDL). Each year the FDL propose a series of challenges where Artificial Intelligence technologies are developed to push the frontiers for research. The varied topics can range from Earth Sciences to Astrophysics and from Disaster Management to Astronaut Health. Interdisciplinary teams of 4 young researchers are selected to intensively work on their topic during an 8 week stay hosted at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California - in partnership with NASA Ames Research Center. The challenges of 2020 are focused in 4 main topics: Heliophysics, Planetary Science, Earth Science and Astronaut Health; and up to 8 teams were selected.
Can we create physics-constrained, local visualizations of future flooding to assist in climate resilience and disaster preparedness?
Christian Requena and his team are intensively working to give answers to this question. Their general aim is to develop sort of a Google Earth engine able to show highresolution landscape images of the Earth under certain future climate scenarios. During the 8-week research sprint they will focus on simulating extreme events, specially flooding events. This topic is closely related to Christian's PhD topic; since mid 2017 he is working in a cooperation project between our institute, the Computer Vision group of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Biogeochemical Integration Department of the Max Planck Institute for Biogechemistry on the use of Deep Learning models for forecasting complex stochastic spatio-temporal Earth Systems.
Next Friday 14th of August, during the FDL US Space Science & AI Showcase the results of all the teams will be streamed live.