Artificial Intelligence for Climate Justice

Glasgow Caledonian University

School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

Project Description

Applications are invited for a full time three year PhD Studentship in Artificial Intelligence for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. As a student, you would be working closely with the Artificial Intelligence research group and the Centre for Climate Justice.

The global mean temperature increase of 1.1°C since pre-industrial levels, attributed to record levels of greenhouse gases, has had a profound effect on human health, the economy, and security. The World Meteorological Organization reported 2010-2019 as the warmest decade on record; ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster and sea-ice in the Arctic and Antarctica is shrinking. Furthermore, the strongest cyclones recorded, severe flooding and extreme heat conditions have increased global hunger, internal displacements, health inequalities, and compounded economic shocks and conflict.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has proven highly effective in drawing insight from data where the underlying patterns are difficult or impossible to identify using traditional data analysis techniques. The prediction power of AI has the potential to significantly impact many climate change issues; predicting anything from extreme weather events to crop yield. The data available for such prediction systems is significant, making the application of AI to the field of climate change a logical progression which has the potential to provide significant societal impact. Unfortunately, communities most severely affected by climate change are also those who are most likely to be deprived from the level of education and the specialised technology required to leverage the power of AI to make informed decisions which could have lifesaving impacts on a large scale.

This research project sets out to address the following key areas:

  1. How can the power of AI be leveraged, through development and application of new systems, to deliver Climate Justice under times of significant climate change?
  2. Development and application of predictive analytics systems climate related issues such as crop yield forecasting, extreme weather prediction etc. using a range of data modalities including image and time series data.
  3. To what extent can communities and individuals most likely to be negatively impacted by climate change access and utilise such AI systems to make informed pre-emptive decisions in the face of climate emergencies?
  4. Development and Application of new utilisation pathways which accommodate wider access to such systems (without the requirement for expensive/specialised hardware etc.) and ensure that these systems are accessible by those most in need of the services.

Funding Information

The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship is available at RCUK levels and covers the payment of annual tuition fees at UK/EU student rate plus an annual stipend (£15,285 at 2020/21 levels). International students will be required to meet the remainder of international fees (2020/21 fee £15500) from their stipend and will receive a reduced monthly stipend payment.

Eligibility Requirements

The successful candidate will have knowledge of Computing, Software Development and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and an interest in applying these skills to develop applications utilising a range of data sources to address specific challenges within the field of Climate Justice in the Global South.

Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Jenkins for further information as required.

Director of Studies

Name: Dr Mark Jenkins
Email: [email protected]
GCU Research Online URL: Dr Mark Jenkins Profile

2nd Supervisor

Name: Dr Sennan Mattar
Email: [email protected]
GCU Research Online URL: Dr Sennan Mattar Profile

3rd Supervisor

Name: Prof. Tahseen Jafry / Prof. Gordon Morison
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
GCU Research Online URL: Prof. Tahseen Jafry Profile / Prof. Gordon Morison Profile

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