Artificial Intelligence model: Microsoft, SEEDS to predict heat waves risks in India

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Artificial Intelligence model: Microsoft, SEEDS to predict heat waves risks in India
Artificial Intelligence model: Microsoft, SEEDS to predict heat waves risks in India

The artificial intelligence model is a scalable model designed to generate predictive multi-hazard risk analysis set to include earthquakes, storms, forest fires, and biological disasters in the future

Technology giant Microsoft India on Monday, in partnership with Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), announced launch of its second phase of an artificial intelligence model ‘Sunny Lives’ for predicting heat wave risks in India. Last year in disaster prone coastal areas in the country the artificial intelligence model was successfully tested for cyclones and floods.

“Phase-II begins with artificial intelligence model development for heat wave risks in urban core heat wave zones”, Microsoft India said in a release.

SEEDS will support 125000 at-risk people with pre-emptive disaster warnings in 2021, it said.

To build disaster resilient communities in India, the artificial intelligence model solution has been developed under Microsoft’s global programme ‘Artificial Intelligence for Humanitarian Action’.

To predict disaster impact, the artificial intelligence model solution uses high resolution satellite imagery, artificial intelligence coding and dwelling assessments building assessments.

The company said intensifying climate change is increasing heat wave vulnerabilities in Core Heat wave Zones (CHZ) across India and globally, with an expected rise in the coming decades.

However, the perception of risk related to heat waves remains very low. It is largely considered as an outdoor phenomenon with no emphasis on risk advisory dissemination by the disaster response authorities.

Supporting 50,000 at-risk families residing in Delhi and Nagpur by sharing pre-emptive heat wave warnings recommending cost-effective interventions, SEEDS is utilising the predictive analytics capabilities of the artificial intelligence model solution, scaled the model to generate heat waves advisories in 2021, it added.

The artificial intelligence model is a scalable model designed to generate predictive multi-hazard risk analysis set to include earthquakes, storms, forest fires, and biological disasters in the future.

Commenting on the initiative, Manju Dhasmana, Director Corporate Affairs-CSR of Microsoft India said, “Our partnership with SEEDS is one such effort to bring the power of technologies like cloud and AI to alleviate the damage by marshalling relief resources more efficiently and effectively”.

It can accelerate the delivery of aid and sharpen the decisions of relief workers on the front lines, he said.

This year more than 7.5 million people in Odisha were affected by cyclone ‘Yaas’.

SEEDS reached out to 1,100 families in Penthakata, Puri with the highest flood susceptibility to disseminate risk advisory generated through the ‘Sunny Lives’ model, ensuring timely evacuation from the vulnerable areas and providing refuge at safer places, he added.

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