Your Old Photos Can Help Predict Climate Disasters

Mar 14, 2022

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

“Were you here for Alicia?” This is practically a greeting for people who lived in Houston in the ’80s. Now those memories can help predict natural disasters, like hurricanes, made worse by climate change. Old photos of flooded streets and buildings fill in the datasets we rely on for forecasting, like from satellite imagery. By fusing these two kinds of information together, we learn more about past disasters to prepare for the future. To accelerate this data fusion, we are designing open-source tools that meld community stories with pictures and then link them back to models of disaster events to train artificial intelligence to improve predictions. Our approach combines human experience with computer precision to deliver a faster, more advanced natural disaster warning system.

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Clint Dawson

The University of Texas at Austin

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Teresa Patricia Feria

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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Francisco Guajardo

Museum of South Texas History

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Suzanne Pierce

The University of Texas at Austin

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