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Session on frontier ICTs for climate action

​​​​​​​​​Time and place:: Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 14:30 – 17:30 (Room K)​

This session on frontier ICTs for climate action will take place at ITU Headquarters (ITU Montbrillant building, Room K) in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, 15 October 2019, from 14:30 to 17:30 following the ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 6/2 meeting dedicated to “ICTs and the environment”.

Background information

The world faces many challenges especially those relating to protecting the environment. Many urban areas are increasingly turning towards solutions for improved and efficient sustainable mobility, automated process for waste treatment, improved sanitation, renewable energies, cheaper drinking water supply with higher quality, monitoring natural disasters/hazards, and better mechanisms for food production and food security. 

Many sectors have an opportunity to use ICTs to spearhead solutions, by providing solutions to resolve real-world problems, promoting novel possibilities in environmental management and supporting action in the face of climate change. For example, the Internet of Things (IoT) offers great potential with its variety of tools to structure and to analyse the massive amounts of data already existing and generated by sensors and the connectivity among different devices. 

Recognizing these challenges and opportunities, many stakeholders are actively studying how to move towards new policies, business models and products to capture the value of Big Data in different areas. Technological changes such as AI, cloud computing, and IoT have the potential to accelerate climate action.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together actors from the sectors involved in the development of frontier ICTs such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the context of climate action. Participants will discuss the role of these new ICTs and how they can be applied to climate change adaptation, mitigation and monitoring.

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[14:30 – 14:45] Welcome and setting the scene: how can frontier technologies be used for climate action?

[14:45 – 15:30] Session 1: The role of Big Data in monitoring the climate and reducing its impacts

Session 1 will ​focus on the use of Big Data in climate monitoring, with concrete examples, in supporting a reduction of impacts by climate change on the environment, society and economy. 

​Topics for study include but are not limited to:


15:30 – 15:45 Coffee/tea break

[15:45 – 16:30] Session 2: The role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems to monitor the climate and reduce its impacts

Session 2 will ​focus on how new technologies such as AI can help to solve problems in the fields of mobility, air pollution, water management and the monitoring of natural hazards.​ 

[16:30 – 17:25] Session 3: The role of Earth Observation as a method for monitoring climate change

Session 3 will ​focus on the use of Earth Observation in supporting effective policy responses for climate change adaptation, mitigation and other impacts. 

Topics for discussion include but are not limited to:


[17:25 – 17:30] Wrap-up and closing

Useful references

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