Google’s AI Flood Forecasting Tool Can Predict 7 Days, Up From 2

The Google tell her Flood forecasting using artificial intelligence The Flood Forecasting Program, the flood forecasting initiative first launched in 2018, can produce lifesaving forecasts seven days in advance, up from 48 hours.

Says Sella Nevo, Principal Engineer at Google’s Flood Forecasting Initiative.

Google’s updated forecasting system uses what Nevo calls “globally available data,” such as weather reports and satellite imagery, to predict future flooding events, while previously Google’s system relied heavily on data from river gauges — on-site sensors that measure flow rate and river size. .

River gauges only show when a river is already swelling, indicating an imminent flood, but analysis of weather patterns allows Google to anticipate river swells and issue earlier warnings. The focus on broader public data also makes the flood forecasting system scalable to a global level, since the machine learning model is able to use data from river basins with a history of flooding to predict floods in basins for which the model has no historical data.

Nevo says Google’s improved forecasting model can predict remote floods with “significantly” more accurate accuracy than the current global standard for flood warnings, the European Union-led Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS). Providing accurate forecasts can help save thousands of lives in floods.

But once you make a prediction, warning people on the ground is the second piece of the puzzle that Google solves, often by Global Flood Hub Site – the interactive, user-facing aspect of the initiative.

“The Flood Hub has undergone a comprehensive renovation,” Nova Says. The Google Maps-like Flood Hub displays flood alerts as red flags are installed in the vulnerable area. Clicking on the marker will bring up a chart showing the level of water in the flood relative to a normal and dangerous amount.

But, just in case users aren’t actively monitoring the Flood Hub, Google also issues live alerts through Google Search and Google Map services, and even sends notifications to Google users who are being harmed. Sylla says the company sent out 115 million flood warnings last year.

Google does all this—by analyzing data, forecasting floods, and sharing that information with NGOs and governments to improve disaster mitigation services—for free. Flood Hub is part of the company Artificial intelligence for social good And Nevo says he doubts Google will charge for the life-saving service the Flood Hub is designed to provide.

Whether Google will ever reconfigure its Flood Hub tools to build commercial products, such as flood forecasting services for agriculture, is another matter. Although Nevo points to data that farmers might be interested in – such as the duration of the flood – it is far more accurate than the general disaster warning that the Flood Hub can currently do.

“We can really provide everything for free completely sustainably,” he said, referring to the Flood Hub in its current version. “So, the kind of work we do today, I don’t think we’ll ever ask for money.”

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