FlowWest receives AI for Earth Grant from Microsoft


Oakland, CA – June, 29 2018 - FlowWest has been awarded an AI for Earth grant from Microsoft to help further our efforts in advancing the quality of information describing salmonid habitat using machine learning and satellite imagery.

This new grant will provide FlowWest with cloud computing resources to accelerate our work on new and improved methods to quantify floodplain habitat at the landscape scale. Outputs from this work will assist resource managers in their efforts to restore salmon populations and other floodplain-dependent species. Our project will provide information needed to make floodplain restoration and management decisions data-driven and trackable.

Mark Tompkins, one of the founders of FlowWest, remarked: “I’ve been working on floodplain habitat restoration for over twenty years. This new technology offers us the potential to optimize our restoration actions and then monitor and learn from them like nothing I’ve seen before. FlowWest is excited about this partnership with Microsoft to bring the power of AI to natural resources management in a very impactful way.”

AI for Earth is a Microsoft program aimed at empowering people and organizations to solve global environmental challenges by increasing access to AI tools and educational opportunities, while accelerating innovation. AI for Earth grants provide Azure compute resources and AI tools to NGOs, academic institutions and research organizations that work on challenges in climate change, biodiversity, agriculture and water.

FlowWest is one of the newest organizations to be recognized by Microsoft for its impact and potential, and will join a growing number of AI for Earth grantees worldwide.

Learn more:

Microsoft AI for Earth: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/aiforearth