Since 2016, the Fragile Earth Workshop has brought together the research community to find and explore how data science can measure and progress climate and social issues, following the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Fragile Earth 2022: AI for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Environmental Justice was a workshop that took place as part of the ACM's KDD 2022 Conference on research in knowledge discovery and data mining and their applications.
Fragile Earth 2022
Dates: August 15, 2022
KDD Conference August 6-10th
Venue: Washington DC Convention Center
Since 2016, the Fragile Earth Workshop has brought together the research community to find and explore how data science can measure and progress climate and social issues, following the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the years, Fragile Earth workshop has focused on SDGs. This year we also focus on Environmental Justice, which in the scope of scientific research can be defined as the effort to “document and redress the disproportionate environmental burdens and benefits associated with social inequalities” (Chakraborty et. al 2016), as well as SDG 13: Climate Action.
In 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their report on “physical science basis” stating that climate change was caused “unequivocally” by human action, while in 2022, they followed that up with their latest report on “impacts, adaptation and vulnerability” emphasizing that the time for action is now. These reports, parts of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), provide new estimates of the chances of crossing global warming thresholds, discuss the urgent need for adaptation pathways, and find that unless there are immediate, rapid, and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming will be beyond reach. The ramifications of these climate scenarios are devastating for the planet. As we fail to reach mitigation and adaptation targets, we will witness the triggering of more frequent sweltering heat waves, stronger storms, higher floods, severe droughts, and drastic ecosystem shifts, with disastrous consequences for human lives, economies and health, as well as biodiversity.
The application problems and agenda of interest include the Sustainable Development Goals, accelerating progress on the United Nations’ 2030 agenda, envisioning solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation, and measuring and diminishing the inequitable benefits and burdens across socioeconomic groups. In particular, the workshop has maintained a strong focus and community in the following areas: food security, sustainable agricultural practices and supply chains, ecosystem restoration, water management, sustainable energy, climate action and adaptation, socioeconomic equality, and disaster resilience. In our Fragile Earth Workshop, we invite ML and AI researchers, social and behavioral scientists, as well as natural scientists and engineers, to convene and discuss interdisciplinary solutions for progress towards the SDGs, Environmental Justice, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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