Microsoft to Build Planetary Computer: CBR

Microsoft is launching a program, Planetary Computer, to aggregate environmental data – mapping trillions of data points to monitor the Earth’s biodiversity, water tables, forestry data, carbon and waste to provide a searchable dataset. “The move is the company’s latest major environmental push, after promising in January to become “carbon negative” by the end of this decade,” reports Ed Targett for Computer Business Review. “All will be augmented with geospatial data sets.” The program, expected to contribute to scientific research of the planet’s complex systems, will be available to 500 organizations that are partners of Microsoft’s AI for Earth project. “Understanding what species call those ecosystems home or why they thrive or decline is largely unknown,” notes Microsoft President Brad Smith notes. “We simply can’t solve a problem we don’t fully understand.” The project will have applications for agriculture, coastal planning and more. Microsoft also has set a goal of becoming carbon negative and protecting more land than it uses before 2030. The land protection initiative would would include land acquisition with Nature Conservancy.– YaleGlobal

Microsoft to Build Planetary Computer: CBR

Planetary Computer, a new Microsoft program, aims to gather and monitor trillions of data points on Earth to monitor biodiversity and environmental health
Ed Targett
Sunday, April 19, 2020

Read the article from Computer Business Review about a Microsoft initiative to gather data about the planet to assist with environmental protection.

Ed Targett is editor for Computer Business Review.

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(Source: Planetary Computer; photo, Joe Brock, Reuters)

World's Renewable Internal Freshwater Resources Per Capita (Cubic Meters): 1967	12062 1977	9852 1987	8228 1997	7373 2007	6575 2014	5932
(Source: World Bank)