Can a supercomputer help protect the planet from climate change?
Microsoft is working with UK weather service provider Met Office to use the latest technology to predict the weather more accurately than ever before.
The aim of the partnership is to gather data that will help both parties contribute to the wave of authorities making environmental protection a priority.
How will Microsoft's supercomputer help protect against climate change?
What is Microsoft's weather forecast supercomputer?
The supercomputer itself is said to be among the top 25 worldwide and twice as powerful as any already operated in Great Britain. It will be entirely devoted to weather forecasting and will provide a much more reliable picture of extreme weather conditions such as violent storms and snow.
More importantly, the supercomputer will model our planet's climate change so that Britain can further improve its ability to act in this critical area in time for COP26 2021 (United Nations Climate Change Conference).
The project will cost £ 1.2 billion. The investment will create new jobs in the service of the future that it wants to create. At the same time, the net monetary return has been estimated to be a staggering £ 13 billion over the next decade, returning straight to the UK economy.
The supercomputer will be located in the South of Great Britain region. It will only use renewable energy and use 7,415 tons less CO2 than a system operated by traditional means after other tech giants have made similar efforts.
3 ways the supercomputer is helping us protect our planet
How will Microsoft's weather-forecasting supercomputer protect our planet? Knowledge is power. Once the machine is brought to life, there will be a lot that is expected to start working in the summer of 2022.
1. More processing power means more environmental mapping data
With so much computing power to support this project, the weather models it will deliver will go further than any we are currently enjoying. The simulations that are run are crystal clear and have a higher resolution than the weather forecasting software currently in use.
And with more computing power, clearly more accurate readings for key indicators of problems in our midst will be achieved. Knowledge is half the battle.
2. Improved risk assessment
Weather is a volatile area of the scientific world – small, turbulent changes can affect your safe bet even moments before.
An improved skill in our local forecasting skills gives us an indicator of where our world is most vulnerable. This enables weather scientists to identify potential problems on the road and arm our cities and citizens against what is to come.
Aviation disasters are also much easier to prevent with this new tool. Dangerous conditions will never surprise us again.
3. A broader database that illustrates our world
With every byte collected, we can better understand the world around us and show us the consequences of our actions and show where we as a society can best improve.
There are still so many unanswered questions that are hindering our progress in finding effective solutions to climate change. Engineers and AI will work hand in hand to analyze the data collected and make connections that may save us from ourselves before it's too late.
A healthy planet for a fairer world
Our agility in the field of climate change could mean the difference between a world uninhabitable for anyone and a bright, green, resilient future in which all people can be free to enjoy and thrive.
Microsoft's recent efforts to pull us out of the fire will surely be a shining example for other high-performing technology companies looking to shape this future by whatever means necessary.
To do this means to gain a foothold in the establishment. The UK is committed to reducing its carbon footprint to Net Zero by 2050, and this project will only catalyze those efforts. Met Office will be one of the first to allocate such a large amount to this key issue that urgently needs to be addressed.
Microsoft is building the world's most advanced weather supercomputer
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About the author
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Emma Garofalo is a writer currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When she's not struggling at her desk wishing herself a better tomorrow, she's usually behind the camera or in the kitchen.
By Emma Garofalo
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