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ESA selects CGI to develop services combining AI and EO for wildfire mapping


CGI has been awarded by the European Space Agency (ESA) a contract to develop a new wildfire mapping service that combines recent advances in Earth Observation (EO), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Cloud computing to help better map and monitor the impact of wildfires.  

CGI and its project partner, the University of Leicester, is working with nationally mandated user organizations from Australia (Geoscience Australia) and France (ONF France) to implement and demonstrate EO services based on their requirements for improved wildfire risk management. The consortium will evaluate a variety of AI algorithms that could help meet these requirements.

Tara McGeehan, President at CGI in UK & Australia said: “We are excited to be part of this cutting-edge project that brings to bear the potential of AI to help the scientific and environmental community to better understand the extent and impact of damaging wildfires throughout the world. Our ongoing partnership with ESA for EO and Thematic Exploitation Platforms is enabling rapid progress in monitoring the Earth’s environment to support scientific research and government policy.”

Kevin Tansey, Professor of Remote Sensing and Principal Investigator at the University of Leicester said: “After 20 years of research into the use of satellite data to measure burned area and severity from local to global scales, the opportunity to work with CGI and agency partners to develop new wildfire services is very exciting. I am further delighted that this project will be one of the first to be delivered out of Space Park Leicester, our new state-of-the-art, high-tech facility for research, development and manufacturing.”.

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