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Screenshot of Pachama Logo from Pachama introduction video.

Pachama Protecting Forests With Machine Learning

Restoring Nature to Contribute to Solution for the Climate Crisis

In the last few days I have been looking intermittently at the developments at the Coronavirus in relation to AI or the how AI can be used to address another crisis that will not disappear anytime soon. The climate crisis and the global increase in carbon emissions is a dire issue, although many may not realise it this crisis is causing many death around the planet — it will worsen in the coming time. Thus with my #500daysofAI project writing a new article every day about artificial intelligence I thought to better understand startups working on solutions in the field of AI that addresses the climate crisis.

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Image from Pachama showing their main idea of restoring forest and offsetting carbon
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Satellite imagery used by Pachama’s algorithms
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Pachama’s AI algorithms scan images like these to offer an estimate of the carbon sequestration of a forested area that are within 1% of estimates made by manual surveys.

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AI Policy and Ethics at www.nora.ai. Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own. twitter.com/AlexMoltzau

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