At the recent Sustainability Summit, Google launched several new sustainability offerings to help public sector agencies and researchers improve climate resilience. These offerings are: Climate Insights for natural resources and Climate Insights for infrastructure.
Brent Mitchell, Managing Director of U.S. State and Local and Canadian Public Sector, and Franco AmalfiStrategic Business Leader, Climate Action, Google Cloud, explain in their collaborative blog post:
With this data-driven insights, public sector agencies and researchers can improve their response time to climate-related disasters, make more accurate predictions, and implement disaster response plans with greater confidence. .
Climate Insights leverages the breadth and power of the newly updated Google Earth Engine (GEE) on Google Cloud, combining artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities with geospatial analysis via Google BigQuery and Vertex AI. According to the company, climate researchers can access a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite images and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities through GEE.
Specifically, Climate Insights for Natural Resources leverages Google Earth Engine’s data catalog of over 900 open datasets spanning 40 years and leverages Climate Engine’s expertise to provide departments and agencies with an efficient way to ingest, process and provide predefined Earth observation information via API in decision-making contexts. Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Outreach, explains in a blog post:
With one of the largest publicly available data catalogs and a global data archive that dates back 50 years and updates every 15 minutes, it is possible to detect trends and understand correlations between human activities and environmental impact. This technology is already beginning to bring more transparency and traceability to commodity supply chains, supporting climate resilience and enabling more sustainable management of natural resources such as forests and water.
The other offer, Climate Insights for infrastructures, is the result of a collaboration between Google and CARTO. It is a unified solution based on Google BigQuery, Google Earth Engine, Google Maps and CARTO. In addition, the solution can, for example, provide policymakers with unified access to their agency’s infrastructure data, Earth observation information, weather information and other relevant spatial datasets from from the CARTO Data Observatory.
In a Carto blog post, Matt ForrestVP of Solutions Engineering, provided another example of the benefit of the solution:
With better access to climate knowledge and spatial hazard models, transportation departments can effectively plan for potential hazards to road networks resulting from erosion, extreme heat, floods, fires, drought and severe rainfall.
Finally, the offerings are part of Google’s overall strategy to support its cloud customers by leveraging the cleanest cloud in the industry and helping them decarbonize their digital applications and infrastructure. The company itself is striving to operate on 24/7 carbon-free power across all of its campuses, cloud regions, and offices worldwide by 2030.