Google.org is awarding a $5 million grant and Google.org Fellowship to the Woodwell Climate Research Center. The funds will be used to deploy satellite imagery and AI technology to track permafrost thaw in near real-time. This will provide faster insights into permafrost’s contribution to global warming and help people living in the Arctic adapt to a changing landscape. The new AI models will allow scientists to monitor permafrost thaw monthly, providing seasonal forecasts. This accelerated data analysis is considered a game changer in understanding the impact of weather changes and extreme weather events.
source update: Google announces $5 million grant to track permafrost thaw