We exist to make meaningful climate action faster and easier by mobilizing the global tech community—harnessing satellites, artificial intelligence, and collective expertise—to track human-caused emissions to specific sources in real time—independently and publicly.
Climate TRACE aims to drive stronger decision-making on environmental policy, investment, corporate sustainability strategy, and more.
Monitor human-caused GHG emissions using cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and satellite image processing.
Collaborate with data scientists and emission experts from an array of industries to bring unprecedented transparency to global pollution monitoring.
Partner with leaders from the private and public sectors to share valuable insights in order to drive stronger climate policy and strategy.
Provide the necessary tools for anyone anywhere to make better decisions to mitigate and adapt to the impacts from climate change.
We make meaningful climate action faster and easier by mobilizing the global tech community to track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with unprecedented detail and speed.
The Climate TRACE coalition welcomes collaboration from any organization interested in helping to develop or use a shared global emissions monitoring tool.
For organizations and experts with related resources—especially in the areas of remote sensing, computer vision, data engineering, ground truth emissions data, platforms that could use better emissions data to drive impact, and funding—we’d love to talk! You can contact us here.What is Climate TRACE trying to do?
The Climate TRACE coalition is building a tool that will use artificial intelligence, satellite image processing, machine learning, and other remote sensing technologies to monitor worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The coalition aims to track human-caused emissions to specific sources in real time—independently and publicly.Who is a part of Climate TRACE?
The Climate TRACE coalition is made up of nonprofits CarbonPlan, Carbon Tracker, Earthrise Alliance, Hudson Carbon, OceanMind, Rocky Mountain Institute, and WattTime; tech companies Blue Sky Analytics and Hypervine; as well as climate leader and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.How did Climate TRACE begin?
Climate TRACE grew out of a collection of smaller global emissions monitoring projects by individual organizations.
In 2019, a group of nonprofits including US-based WattTime and UK-based Carbon Tracker teamed up to apply for Google.org’s AI Impact Challenge with a proposal to monitor all global power plant emissions from space. Google.org not only selected the project for a $1.7 million grant, but also sent a group of seven skilled data engineering and machine learning Fellows to work alongside WattTime and Carbon Tracker for six months to help bring the initiative to fruition.
After the announcement of the Google.org grant, the teams were surprised to immediately hear from over 50 other organizations and scientists around the world offering to help. So they began systematically investigating: Could mixing and matching innovations from various groups improve global emissions monitoring even further? Among the new collaborators was Vice President Gore, who had long suspected that improved global emissions monitoring through satellites and AI held dramatic potential to accelerate climate progress.Is Climate TRACE a “closed” coalition?
No! Our work is only possible because of the progress that’s already been made in this space. We have no desire to reinvent the wheel or to supplant techniques that are already working well—only to build upon them.
The Climate TRACE coalition welcomes collaboration from any organization interested in helping to develop or use a shared global emissions monitoring tool. For organizations and experts with related resources, specifically in the form of remote sensing, computer vision, data engineering, ground truth emissions data, platforms that could use better emissions data to drive impact, and funding, please contact us and read more about our work.How is Climate TRACE respecting privacy?
The exact frequency and granularity of this tool is currently under consideration in order to ensure the tool is actionable for users of the data and to respect privacy and security concerns.
More specifically, for ground truth data providers, the level of disclosure is flexible. For those who do not want their data provided to the general public, the project team has the option to sign non-disclosure agreements and use strict data security controls to ensure that under no circumstances are those data ever released without the provider’s explicit consent. It is also possible to release data with restrictions. For example, it would be possible to release data to the public after one year, or in aggregated form.
No. Climate TRACE will rely on data and images from satellites already in orbit. We will also use other remote sensing capabilities that are not in space, such as mobility data, drones, and land- and sea-based sensors. In almost all cases, we will use existing sensors.
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