Ai is Stepping into Weather
AI systems can help predict the time, intensity, and range of a storm, which could save the lives of citizens that live in areas with risks of severe weather.
A number of the largest tech companies are venturing into applying AI to weather, including IBM's recent partnership with the Weather Company.
But, AI is already making a difference today in the US state of Maryland!
Take Ellicott City for example - using AI allows the residents to have an understanding of when a storm may hit.
Giving residents the needed time to evacuate from a potentially dangerous area.
On May 27 of 2018, a rainstorm killed one person in Ellicott City, and caused floods that tossed around cars.
The National Weather Service believed that a storm like this would appear once every 1,000 years.
In response to this storm, Ellicott City upgraded their defense against storms.
With help from Microsoft and the University of Vermont, a map was generated from aerial imagery with the help of artificial intelligence.
It shows objects as small as 3 feet square, roughly 1,000 times more precise than the maps that flood planners previously used.
The program, which cost $3.5 million and took a year to make, will eventually offer “live dashboards” and automated alerts to serve as a warning system when new development threatens to overwhelm storm water management capacity.
With this new technology, many lives will be saved.
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Written by Albert Daniel Shub, Edited by Rachel Weissman & Alexander Fleiss
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