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AI4EWS 2023

Artificial Intelligence for Climate Risk Mitigation

Navigating Opportunities and Challenges

October 22nd @ WCRP Open Science Conference (Kigali, Rwanda)


Climate-related risks threaten lives and livelihoods along the globe. Floods, Droughts, Heatwaves, Tropical Storms, and Wildfires are among the most devastating natural hazards. Forecasts and Early Warning of Hazards and their induced impacts gives means to mitigate damages. Weather forecasts for fast-onset hazards such as floods and seasonal forecasts for slow-onset hazards such as drought are used in anticipatory action to protect lives and livelihood before the disaster strikes.  Beyond that time-scale preparedness and targeted longer term social and material investments can help reduce vulnerability, and thus risk. For a prioritization of measures an anticipation of longer-term vulnerabilities is important. We conjecture that recent developments in AI can help for both time-scales.

Through this workshop organized by the RISK KAN, ELLIS Unit Jena, German Red Cross and Croix Rouge Malagasy we intend to explore if, how and where Artificial Intelligence is promising to fundamentally push climate risk mitigation. For this purpose, we seek to establish a dialogue between humanitarian practitioners and machine learning researchers. We discuss recent advances in AI for early warning, remaining challenges in the field and possible ways forward, to make AI accessible for the humanitarian community.

Invited Speakers

Chris Funk

Climate Hazards Center, UC Santa Barbara

Md Nasir

Microsoft AI for Good

Naomi Ng'ang'a

Kenya Red Cross

Nishadh Kalladath

IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC)

Peter Düben

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

Phoebe Oduor

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)

Racine Ly


Salohy Zananirina

Croix Rouge Malagasy

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All times in Kigali Time (UTC+02:00)

10:00-10:10amWelcome and Introduction 
 Detailed Agenda TBA 
5:50-6:00 pmClosing 


Vitus Benson

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Karen Dall

German Red Cross

Markus Reichstein

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Martha Vogel

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre