As part of the Science for Society component of the Future EO Programme, ESA has launched a series of AI4Science activities, aiming to support the development of AI as an accelerator of Earth system science. The first set of projects funded focus on multi-hazards, compound, and cascade events, and contribute to the Flagship Action on "Climate Adaptation to Extremes and Natural Disasters" of the EC-ESA Earth System Science Initiative.
The objectives of the activities are threefold:
Develop advanced, consistent, and comprehensive multi-variate datasets to better characterise multi-hazards, cascade, and compound events, capitalising on the unique synergistic opportunities offered by the present space-based observing capacity complemented by field measurements, airborne campaigns and in situ networks, and citizen observations.
Capitalise on the above observational capacity to enhance our fundamental scientific understanding of complex extreme phenomena, multi-hazards, cascade and compound event, their role in the Earth and climate system, and the related exposure of ecosystems and society to their impacts.
Demonstrate that the above science results can be transferred into novel actionable solutions for society, providing advanced science-based solutions to assist citizens, communities, and regions in better prepare for and managing the related impacts and climate risks.
The DeepDive Agora will feature presentations from the AI4Science activities, looking at the current gaps and opportunities for collaboration and cross-fertilization among the different teams and strengthened coordination. The activities will showcase various approaches and methods to combine EO and AI to improve the observation, understanding, and characterisation of multi-hazards, compound, and cascade events, and their impacts on society and ecosystems, as well as progresses in scientific and application development of theory-guided explainable AI for Earth System Science.
The outputs of the discussions will be translated into requirements, science questions, and new ideas for ESA's current and future activities on Climate Adaptation, Extremes, and Natural Hazards.
-Christos Makropoulos (NTUA)
-Miguel Mahecha (Uni. Leipzig)
-Laia Romero (Lobelia)