Canadian cities are facing climate-related challenges like the urban heat island effect (UHI) that need to be urgently mitigated. Evergreen Canada in collaboration with Microsoft wanted to address this issue.

Gramener built an AI-driven data visualization tool that analyzes key datasets like NASA LandSat Imagery, Microsoft's Building Footprints and infrastructure data.

The AI-powered tool creates an integrated view that shows municipal stakeholders which areas of the city are most impacted by UHI and project future UHI levels.


The Climate Change Challenge

Climate change brings with it a host of effects like soaring temperatures and rising sea levels. Evergreen helps in building cities that are low in carbon, inclusive and sustainable at their core. Evergreen partnered with Gramener under a Microsoft AI for Earth grant to create “AI for the Resilient City”.

Using Geospatial Analytics, AI and Big Data, Gramener’s visualization tool integrates and analyzes different data sets to give a single source of truth. This helps municipalities pinpoint problem areas and take evidence-based decisions to mitigate the effects of climate change.


The Problem


Temperatures in certain urban areas in Canadian cities are higher than surrounding areas. These Urban Heat Islands lead to effects like heat-related ailments and increased energy consumption.

Identifying these “hotspots” and tracking them is a difficult process as it requires a combination of data and analysis.

Stakeholders need insights to help them take action to mitigate the effects of climate change.


The Approach


Gramener factored in datasets like satellite imagery, building footprints, infrastructure, and weather and integrated them. The AI-powered analysis and visualization tool, built on the Microsoft Azure Stack, offers several capabilities, including:

  • Story Mode, which allows users to see data insights as easily consumable stories
  • Granular View allows users to get the rooftop temperature of every building in the city
  • Scenario Modeling View allows users to simulate a view of the future by modifying various features or climate variables


The Impact


Municipality stakeholders in The City of Calgary, where the project was piloted, are now able to analyze and plan effective climate interventions and take corrective actions at a micro-level.

It helps in creating a resilient city. The solution is scalable and can be rolled out across the country.

About Evergreen
Evergreen helps in building cities that are low in carbon, inclusive and sustainable at their core
Industry: Not-for-profit
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Location: Canada
Software: Geospatial AI
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