In addition, seven submissions were named Projects to Watch.
The announcement was part of the buildup to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, to be held Sept. 23 at UN Headquarters in New York.
- Global Forest Watch, a forest monitoring system from the World Resources Institute and partners that enables management of forests by combining satellite imaging, open data and crowdsourcing.
- A decision-making tool for Colombian rice farmers by the Site-Specific Agriculture Big Data Team at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, which uses harvest monitoring data, climate data and seasonal forecasts to generate farming recommendations for rice growers.
Titles of Projects to Watch include:
- Urban Services Monitoring
- Big Earth Observation Data for Climate Change Research
- Using Big Data and Google Directions to Show CO2 Emissions From Transport
- Development Under Climate Change
- SmartSpaces Energy Monitoring System
- Data and Computational Tools to Build Low-Carbon, Sustainable Energy Systems
- Megacities Carbon Project
At the UN Climate Summit, the two winning teams’ research will be shared with heads of state as well as global business leaders.
The challenge is a global competition hosted by United Nations Global Pulse, an initiative of the Secretary-General on big data. The challenge was launched in May 2014 to find new evidence of the economic aspects of climate change using data and analytics.