Professor Liu Lin of Earth System Science Programme is one of the finalists in the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year. He uses artificial intelligence to monitor drastic changes in Earth’s polar regions. With the help of AI-based methods, researchers no longer have to manually check every single glacier image because satellite observation will provide pivotal measurements of the rapid changes in vast remote and cold regions.
His innovative use of AI in polar studies proves that AI is capable of generating a set of comprehensive, reliable, and highly-detailed records for each glacier. The project transforms our understanding of the polar changes and their global impacts, which is a breakthrough in cryosphere monitoring.