Resources

This page presents some readings, datasets, and tools for the areas outlined in our paper, “Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning.” These resources include general references about climate change, as well as resources organized by section of the paper.

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0. General

For an overall introduction to the topic of climate change, we provide a (non-exhaustive) list of reports, academic papers, and conference proceedings below:

Background Reading

On the problem of climate change:

On how to tackle climate change:

Interactive Resources

1. Electricity Systems

Background Reading

Papers and primers

Textbooks

Subtopic-specific resources:

Datasets and Tools

General

Variable Generation and Demand Forecasting

Accelerated Science for Materials

Reducing Life-cycle Fossil Fuel Emissions

Modeling Emissions

Low-data Settings:

Interactive Resources

Events, Conferences and Journals

Major Conferences

Major Journals

Groups

2. Transportation

Background Reading

Events, Conferences and Journals

3. Buildings and Cities

Background Reading

IPCC Chapters

Academic perspectives

Journalistic perspectives

Datasets and Tools

Building Energy Use

City Metabolism

The ‘’metabolism’’ of a city includes the electricity used, waste generated, and GHG emitted.

Urban Land Use, Infrastructure Data

4. Industry

5. Farms and Forests

6. CO2 Removal

Background Reading

Events, Conferences and Journals

7. Climate Prediction

Background Reading

Datasets and Tools

The largest climate prediction datasets are ensembles of many climate simulations. These include simulations with varied physics, architectures, or initial conditions, and they are used to explore the range of possible climate futures. The largest ensembles include:

N.B. Climate model data is typically presented in netcdf4 format. These may be smoothly converted to csv files or pandas dataframes, but be aware that the data lies on irregular 3D spherical grids.

The Earth and climate science community is also working to create benchmark datasets: https://is-geo.org/benchmarks/

Events, Conferences and Journals

Climate science is a journal field. Noteworthy research appears in journals such as the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Geophysical Research Letters and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Interactive Resources

8. Societal Impacts

Background Reading

General

Ecology

Infrastructure

Social Systems

Crisis

Datasets and Tools

Satellite imagery are used for ecological and social observation, and there are lists of publicly available datasets online. Here is one. For a satellite imagery dataset about food security specifically, consider this competition.

This competition describes an attempt to use mobile money effort to improve financial inclusion and resilience.

Improved disease surveillance and response is an important part of adaptation – here is one competition with this goal in mind.

Events, Conferences and Journals

9. Solar Geoengineering

10. Tools for Individuals

11. Tools for Society

Background Reading

General

Modeling Collective Behaviour

Policy Design

Markets and Pricing

Managing Tradeoffs

Datasets and Tools

Datasets

Software

Interactive Resources

Games

Events, Conferences and Journals

12. Education

13. Finance

Background Reading

Datasets and Tools

Datasets

Datasets are fairly limited in terms of data quantity (i.e. no single dataset would be enough to implement an ML system), but merging different sources of data together can yield interesting insights.

Tools

  • ClimateScope: a country-by-country assessment that provides an interactive report and index indicating suitability for climate-related investment
  • Renewable Energy (RE) Data Explorer (to inform vital renewable energy investment and deployment decisions

Interactive Resources

Events, Conferences and Journals