Water-Related Disasters (WRD) (cyclones, floods, and droughts) account for an overwhelming 90% of natural disasters. Since the year 2000 through the end of 2018, a total of 5,338 WRD have been reported, leading to over 326,000 fatalities and economic losses of more than USD 1.7 trillion globally. Floods account for about 54 % of all WRDs. In 2018 alone, WRD have caused an economic loss of USD 137 billion. The magnitude of water-related economic loss is expected to increase yearly due to the increasing frequency and intensity of severe weather events attributed to climate change, such as drought periods, heavy rainfall, and heatwaves.
While Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology was previously primarily applied in computer science, it now encompasses several other fields thatcollaborate with each other such as biology, neuroscience, engineering, environment, education, robotics, biomechanics, material sciences, economics, healthcare, and business management applications.There is an increasing AI adoption to provide tools for WRD forecasting, impact assessment, and societal resilience. These AI-based tools are powered by the large-scale transboundary water-related disaster data that is available under open-access. The emergence of AI is expected to have a net positive impact on the management of WRD. However, there is a need to learn from the private sector and develop a better understanding of the potential for negative or unintended AI use for WRD.We are looking for an intern to assist in developing a review paper on Responsible AI for WRD –Key Themes, Concerns & Recommendations.
Description of Responsibilities
- Collect and synthesize data on different aspects of Responsible AI for WRD.
- Search and arrange literature on AI key areas and issues for WRD (ethics, design, responsibility, socio–economic impacts, and ethics).
- Prepare a draft of the state–of–the–art review on the status of Responsible AI for WRD.
- Undertake additional tasks as assigned by the supervisor