In EIFFEL, SYKE is responsible for a pilot on disaster resilience and will develop a multi-hazard framework for the risk assessment of droughts, forest fires and forest pests at regional and national levels in Finland. GEOSS data sources will be integrated with national databases to potentially enhance existing drought and forest fires risk assessments and to develop a new forest pest risk mapping tool. The pilot will support monitoring, seasonal forecasts and long-term projections of forest risks and the development of adaptation measures.
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The vast resources of the GEOSS will be used in novel ways, building upon prior knowledge and data. GEOSS consists of a set of coordinated, independent Earth observation, information and processing systems that are provided by a large number of organizations from all over the world. The EIFFEL project partners will design added-value services for GEOSS using cognitive search and metadata augmentation tools based on Artificial Intelligence, including Natural Language Processing.
“SYKE brings into the project expertise from various domains: hydrological modelling, climate scenario and impact assessments, stakeholder engagement, biodiversity and remote sensing. SYKE will also coordinate the demonstration, impact assessment and stakeholder engagement for the five EIFFEL pilots”, says researcher Kristin Böttcher, who manages SYKE’s contribution to the project.
Climate change adaptation and mitigation are to be studied with the help of data and Artificial Intelligence in this new international research project. EIFFEL will introduce new methods to the field of climate research by harvesting the benefits of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Finnish Environment Institute SYKE is one of the 19 partners contributing to the project.
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