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Tuesday, November 23 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
690: Fighting climate change in the era of big data

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Organized by: Digital Research Alliance of Canada

The importance of Big Data in tackling climate change is undeniable. Yet, it is also Big Data technologies that are contributing to climate change. Advances in computation have enabled scientific research to progress at unprecedented rates. However, these power-hungry and expensive training algorithms have grown exponentially in size over the past few years. It is thus no surprise that the associated energy consumption and cost have become a growing concern. The panel will discuss current issues and future strategies for Canada in climate science while advancing Big Data in support of scientific excellence.

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Felipe Pérez-Jvostov

Senior Analyst, Community Engagement & Planning, Digital Research Alliance of Canada
Felipe Pérez-Jvostov is Senior Analyst, Community Engagement & Planning at the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (formerly the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization; NDRIO). For a number of years, he served as the Senior Advisor for Research Data Management at McGill... Read More →

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Karen Bakker

Professor, University of British Columbia
Dr. Karen Bakker obtained her PhD from Oxford University (where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar) and her BASc from McMaster University. She is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, with expertise in environmental governance and digital innovation. The author of more... Read More →
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Roy Chartier

Director of Architecture and Industry, Digital Research Alliance of Canada
Roy Chartier is the Director of Architecture and Industry at the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (formerly the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization; NDRIO) where he is responsible for leading the evolution and implementation of Canada’s high-performance computing... Read More →
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David M. Hall

Senior Data Scientist, NVIDIA
Dr. David M. Hall is a Senior Data Scientist at NVIDIA. His research focuses on applications of Artificial Intelligence for the Earth and space sciences. Previously, Dr. Hall held positions as an Assistant Professor of Research in the Computer Science Department at CU Boulder, and... Read More →
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Catherine Abreu

Member, Canada’s Net Zero Advisory Body
Catherine Abreu is an internationally recognized, award-winning campaigner whose work centres on building powerful coalitions to advance action on climate change. One of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy as named by Apolitical in 2019, she has over 15 years... Read More →

Tuesday November 23, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm EST