UNU-FLORES Receives AI for Earth Grant from Microsoft

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  • 2019/05/06     Dresden, Germany

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    UNU-FLORES has been awarded an AI for Earth grant from Microsoft to help further our efforts in advancing the development of information tools that promote joint action for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    This new grant will provide UNU-FLORES with the advanced Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources worth up to USD 10,000 to accelerate our work on CWetlands – The Constructed Wetlands Knowledge Platform. The project aims to use open-source text mining tools that automatically extract relevant information from peer-reviewed journal articles. The attribute values can then be stored in a database and linked to a web-GIS platform to visualise the relationships between design, performance, and other attribute values. The grant will enable us to create a basis for determining benchmarks for new constructed wetlands; a crucial stepping stone for the reduction of untreated wastewater.

    “Designing constructed wetlands for pollution control is not a straightforward task and a multitude of national guidelines exist. To date there is no comprehensive database that allows benchmarking design attributes with respect to geographic, operational, or legal constraints. Through the AI for Earth grants programme, we hope to come closer to providing the scientific baseline characteristics of constructed wetland design and performance globally,” says Dr Tamara Avellán, who heads the Water Resources Management unit.

    AI for Earth is a $50 million, 5-year programme that brings the full advantage of Microsoft technology to those working to solve global environmental challenges in the key focus areas of climate, agriculture, water, and biodiversity. Through grants that provide access to cloud and AI tools, opportunities for education and training on AI, and investments in innovative, scalable solutions, AI for Earth works to advance sustainability across the globe.

    UNU-FLORES is one of the newest organisations to be recognised by Microsoft for its impact and potential and will join a growing number of AI for Earth grantees worldwide.

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