Climate Change AI at COP28



Climate Change AI (CCAI) empowers a global community of innovators, practitioners, and decision-makers to accelerate responsible climate action through the use of AI, by addressing critical gaps in expertise, education, coordination, and research-to-deployment infrastructure. CCAI is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is run by a small team of staff alongside a dedicated team of 50 volunteers hailing from five continents and bringing significant breadth and depth of expertise on both AI and climate change.

Collaborative Futures: Bridging Gaps with AI and EO in Climate Risk Management and Adaptation

Saturday, 2 December, 2023, 16:30 – 17:30 (GMT+4, UAE Time) - International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Partner Stage

This session explores the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and Earth Observations (EO) for climate adaptation, including insurance and financial mechanisms. It sheds light on the role of the private sector, which is an important driver for the implementation of AI and EO-based risk transfer mechanisms and can provide new solutions as well as opportunities for collaboration.

While many challenges, such as data gaps or technology access, persist, successful implementation of AI and EO for risk transfer mechanisms is becoming more important in climate adaptation. Panelists share their perspectives on the power of these technologies in enhancing data accessibility by offering practical insights and sharing strategies for overcoming challenges. This session aims to foster collaboration to overcome shared challenges and discuss future opportunities on the transformative power of AI and EO in climate adaptation risk transfer mechanisms by establishing a platform for the private sector, governments, and development and international organizations.

Moderator: Johanna Nalau - Research Theme Leader on Adaptation Science and IPCC Lead Author (AR6 WGII), Cities Research Institute, Griffith University


Organizers: United Nations University

Bloomberg Green, Special Session: The AI Potential: Accelerating Climate Solutions

Monday, 4 December, 2023, 08:00 – 09:30 (GMT+4, UAE Time) - Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

The planet is heating faster than our efforts to counteract climate change are taking effect. Advanced technologies are being leveraged to bolster the response, and innovative green applications continue to emerge. As the planet faces unprecedented catastrophes due to extreme weather events, how can AI contribute to sustainable solutions?

This roundtable will convene global leaders from the public and private sectors for a candid discussion on the potential of AI to help reach net-zero goals. We’ll discuss the opportunities and obstacles of implementing this ever-evolving technology, and where it can have the most impact.

Organizers: Bloomberg Green and Google

Uncovering the Black Box: Ensuring transparency in Systems Modeling and AI-based tools for planning and decision-making

Monday, 4 December, 2023, 17:00 – 18:00 (GMT+4, UAE Time) - Meeting Room 36, B2 Building 10, Blue Zone, COP28 Expo

As part of the UNFCCC’s Together4Transparency Initiative, the session and its speakers will look at the ways efforts to open the black box have achieved global and widespread datasets that aid in decision-making, how these tools are brought into the planning process, and the approaches and solutions that can enhance transparency frameworks for open source systems modelling and AI-based tools.

Moderator: Lucas Kruitwagen - Chief Technology Officer, TransitionZero


Organizers: TransitionZero

Empowering Women in Climate Workshop

Tuesday, 5 December, 2023, 16:00 – 17:00 (GMT+4, UAE Time) - Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

Women play a crucial role in building a sustainable future. We’ll discuss how women across the globe can drive measurable climate impact and overcome gender-related roadblocks to unlock their power. This executive workshop will convene 20-30 women leaders and allies across the globe to discuss strategies for supporting the critical work women do in building a sustainable future and explore the intersection of gender equality and climate justice.

Organizers: Bloomberg Green

Land Use in the Era of Climate Mobility: The Possibilities, Challenges, and Risks of Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, 6 December, 2023, 09:00-10:00 (GMT+4, UAE Time) - Climate Mobility Pavilion, Blue Zone

Climate change and land use are intricately intertwined, with land practices affecting and being affected by climate change. In the realm of AI’s intersection with climate action, land and forestry have gained prominence. AI can foster responsible land-use practices and enhance land-use management through processes like land cover classification, sustainable planning, impact prediction, and wildfire risk assessment.

Sustainable land use and management practices are critical for climate resilience in both rural and urban communities. Where land, water and natural ecosystems are degraded, extreme weather events and adverse climate impacts are more likely to uproot people by undermining their livelihoods. At the same time, increased movement of people into an area can put pressure on land and other resources, contributing to environmental degradation and increasing climate vulnerability in receiving communities. Advance land-use planning and effective monitoring can mitigate some of these negative impacts.

The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of introducing AI into land use planning in climate vulnerable countries and communities and its potential for helping to address climate mobility pressures in rural and urban areas.

Moderator: Claudia Dobles, Visiting Scholar, Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU), MIT

Keynote: Maria João Sousa - Executive Director, Climate Change AI


Organizers: The Global Center for Climate Mobility and The Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU) at MIT