Microsoft has just launched a sustainable development initiative called planetary computer, which aims to better understand the challenges we face by collecting aggregated global environmental data from multiple sources and using machine learning and other technologies. Based on this, scientists may find answers to some questions about how to plan sustainability.

Although it sounds esoteric, Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, has detailed some functional examples that planetary computer is expected to achieve in a blog post.

For example, provide searchable satellite images, machine learning and data sources around the actual forest boundary for on-site survey of industrial buildings or forest protection.

Or provide accurate impact prediction for agricultural planning water use, and provide global species habitat information to wildlife biologists to support conservation work.

It can be said to be an extension of the “AI for earth” project launched by Microsoft in 2017.

However, the actual development of planetary computer involves further investment in infrastructure and the participation of existing AI for earth fund donors.

At the same time, AI for earth has provided millions of dollars of new funds to the earth Biodiversity Observation Network to promote the project as the cornerstone of biodiversity data collection.

Finally, ESRI, a Microsoft marine geographic mapping and information company, reached a cooperation to support relevant technical institutes in this field.

Geospatial datasets will be available through azure and ESRI later this year, when interested institutional customers can expect more surprises.

Responsible editor: WV

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