We have joined forces with the Met Office to create a Joint Centre of Excellence in Environmental Intelligence. Based in Exeter, and home to world-leading researchers, our partnership is pioneering the development of solutions to some of the world’s most complex and pressing environmental challenges, from climate change to global pandemics.
And at a time when the world is talking about recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and making that recovery as green and sustainable as possible, we’re putting Environmental Intelligence to work as part of that recovery toolkit.
Environmental Intelligence is a fast-developing new field that brings together Environmental data and knowledge with Artificial Intelligence to provide the meaningful insight to inform decision-making, improved risk management, and the technological innovation that will lead us towards a sustainable interaction with the natural environment. It is inherently inter-disciplinary and brings together our innovative work in environment, climate, society, economics, human health, complex eco-systems, data science and AI.
The Joint Centre is a hub that’s blazing the way with innovative research and training that is creating and sustaining a new global community in Environmental Intelligence while also positioning the UK as a world leader in this exciting new area.
To begin with, we’re focusing on climate change, clean air, health and extreme weather events, using data science and Artificial Intelligence to
transform our understanding of the natural environment and the complex interactions with our society, economy and health.
By enabling essential collaboration between academia, business, governments and many other stakeholders, we’re developing solutions that are fit for purpose and evidence based.
We are using AI to assess the risks of climate change at local levels and how it will affect local infrastructure, modelling the effects of climate change on agriculture and food security and we’re applying AI techniques to identify the health impacts of air pollution on individuals.
We’re working with the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national centre for data science and AI, to lead ambitious innovative research at the intersection of AI and Environmental Science and to further strengthen the UK’s capability in this crucial area.
Professor Janice Kay, - Provost of the University of Exeter