Australia unveils blue carbon project at COP27

Australia unveils blue carbon project at COP27

seaweed farm
Macroalgae and aquatic crops can sequester atmospheric carbon

Researchers will use machine studying know-how to map seagrass beds and marine fauna populations

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The collaboration will assist scientists map and perceive seagrass ecosystems and their capability to soak up and sequester carbon, which helps local weather resilience, Indo-Pacific and Australian coastlines, and the folks and livelihoods that depend on them.

Traditional strategies for carbon evaluation of coastal and marine ecosystems depend on distant geospatial and aerial remark platforms. These strategies could be affected by cloud cowl, angle of the solar and climate – and getting outcomes from these pictures depends on costly and time-consuming guide picture evaluation.

As a part of this new collaboration, researchers will purpose to gather and analyze pictures of seagrass and marine fauna from a number of sources, utilizing machine studying – permitting them to map and mannequin information and insights in a extra scalable and cost-effective means.

Scientists, researchers and engineers from Fiji, Indonesia, CSIRO, Google and Tidal (an ocean well being project inside X.firm) will collaborate on analysis within the Indo-Pacific and alongside Australia’s shoreline.

Australian coastline
The researchers will concentrate on mapping Australia’s shoreline

The partnership is a part of Google’s Digital Future Initiative – a $1 billion funding in Australian infrastructure, analysis and partnerships. It additionally builds on present collaborations with CSIRO, which incorporates work within the Great Barrier Reef to assist observe and handle crown-of-thorns starfish.

CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall mentioned the initiative brings one of the best of CSIRO and Google along with DFAT to assist climate-smart selections that strengthen local weather resilience and financial development.

“The combination of Google’s world-leading artificial intelligence and platform technology, CSIRO’s deep climate, digital and AI expertise, DFAT’s experience in delivering high-quality development programs and skills of our domestic partners will help deliver tailored and leading-edge solutions for Australia and the Indo-Pacific,” mentioned Dr Marshall.

“Leveraging the capabilities of our companions and constructing on our previous success in making use of AI and digital applied sciences will present distinctive insights for native communities and nationwide governments tackling main local weather challenges.

“CSIRO has been a key provider of science and technology in the Indo-Pacific region and we continue to assist countries such as Indonesia and Fiji with accessible, scalable and applicable technologies that can provide a step change in their capability to meet climate, prosperity and livelihoods challenges, and achieve biodiversity goals.”

Mel Silva, managing director, Google Australia and New Zealand, mentioned the partnership was made doable by way of the Digital Future Initiative.

“We are delighted to be working with CSIRO and DFAT to explore new applications of AI for carbon sequestration. Our shared goal is to support long-term climate resilience and improve access to technology for developing countries in the Indo-Pacific region,” Silva mentioned.

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