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UN unveils Big Data Climate Change Challenge

11th Jun `14, 03:22 PM in Environment

The United Nations is hosting a global competition designed to spur the use of big data to tackle…

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The United Nations is hosting a global competition designed to spur the use of big data to tackle issues pertaining to climate change. The Big Data Climate Challenge (BDCC) seeks recently published or implemented projects that use big data and analytics to show the economic impact of changing climate patterns, and ways to manage their impact.

The BDCC is a project of the UN Global Pulse and the UN Secretary General’s Climate Change Support Team, which hopes to gain “fresh evidence that strengthens the economic case for action on climate change to show where such action is feasible, affordable and effective,” according to the UN Global Pulse site.

The contest is part of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, which takes place on September 23 at UN Headquarters in New York. BDCC winners will be flown to the event, where their projects will be showcased during the UN General Assembly.

One of the UN’s goals of inspiring climate-related projects is to build public awareness of how big data can provide insights for reducing human-generated emissions. All relevant projects are welcome, the UN says, including those on the following topics: Agriculture and food systems, architecture and design, behavioral science, climate finance and risk management, disaster risk reduction and resilience, ecology, energy, green data centers, natural resource management, recycling, smart cities, transportation, and economic drivers such as carbon markets and subsidies.

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