Climate crisis. Mass Extinction. Apocalypse. Catastrophe. Breakdown. The language we now use around climate change has escalated significantly in 2019, reflecting the seriousness of the challenge humanity now faces.  

 

Human activity is causing the Sixth Mass Extinction and the headlines are shocking. A biological annihilation of wildlife is threatening to wipe out one million species within decades. Meanwhile, soils are degrading, reducing the productivity of 23% of the Earth’s land surface – and already affecting the food supplies we rely on. More than 12m hectares of forest were destroyed just last year. The amount of carbon in the atmosphere is higher than it has been at any other time during the last 3m years. And global heating could cause the oceans to rise a staggering 6.5 feet by 2100 – swamping territory the size of Western Europe and potentially making 187m people homeless.

 

While we cannot claim to have evaluated the science in detail here, the trend is very clear – and it’s almost overwhelming. However, business leaders, governments and farmers (as well as consumers) have a responsibility to take the lead on tackling climate change by engaging with every possible opportunity to fix it. And while it might be two minutes to midnight on the Doomsday clock, the good news is we do still have time – and the capability.

 

Humans and AI: working together 

Humans and intelligent machines have the potential to co-solve what has arguably become the world’s greatest challenge. Indeed, we’ve reached a point where the scale of the problem requires scalable AI.

 

AI has the power to augment human decisions at the systemic scale needed to protect the future of our planet in the face of climate volatility. It can support everything from biodiversity and carbon capture to business growth and sustainability, feeding into decisions on crops, land development, insurance and credit – and help the 80% of enterprises expecting climate change to result in major changes to their business.

 

As an AI-first ClimateTech business, we are building a next-generation platform to support critical decisions. Our scientific framework, rooted in data and computational statistics will make it possible to pool data from all corners of the earth and then use that data to monitor, model and forecast land productivity. Analysing multiple crops, geographies, soil and water, at a personalised level and on a scale that is beyond human capabilities, it will also enable us to feed signals directly into climate smart decisions.

 

The power of billions of good decisions

Humans have unwittingly made billions of bad climate decisions in the past. But thanks to science we are now able to make billions of good ones – enabled by a scientific approach at scale: in business, in government and on the ground. 

 

As Neil deGrasse Tyson has said: “The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”

 

Cervest’s role is to help you make sense of it, through personalised climate signals.

 

Photography is by Kazuend on Unsplash.

 

André DuBuisson 
Chief Product Officer

Andre is a product specialist with 16 years’ experience delivering and growing global B2C / B2B products and Marketplaces across multiple sectors.

He’s successfully serviced diverse clients in product management, business analysis, UX and consulting. Recent engagements have included the innovative use of data science & technology in dynamic marketplaces and developing a large-scale customer engagement platform.

He has previously held product leadership positions at Victor Limited and Collinson Group, developing customer loyalty solutions for well-known international brands.

Ruiao Hu
Research Resident

A computer scientist by trade and a mathematician at heart, Ruiao graduated from Imperial College London with an MEng degree in Joint Mathematics and Computer Science.

With industry experience in data engineering gained with world-leading finance firms, Ruiao has joined Cervest for the summer to construct data pipelines for a number of our upcoming projects.

Just as he joined Cervest, Ruiao achieved a first class MEng degree with the Governor’s Prize and Corporate Partnership Programme award for his final year project. After his time at Cervest he will pursue a PhD in stochastic geometric mechanics under the supervision of Prof Darryl Holm at Imperial College London.

James Walsh
Research Resident

James is a Statistical Scientist with a bachelor’s degree in the subject awarded from the Statistics department at the University of Warwick.

James joins Cervest as part of his work with the Warwick Manufacturing Group and The Alan Turing Institute where he is a Research Assistant developing Physically Informed Hybrid models.

He will be spending his time at Cervest applying this expertise to simulating individual crop growth and constructing bulk processing technologies for modelling organic carbon content for soil quality monitoring. He has also worked in the risk team of financial consultants at Albourne Partners building simulations.

Mike Zotov
Research Resident

Mike has recently graduated with a first class honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick.

Having studied Machine Learning as part of his degree, he has joined Cervest for the summer to work on deep generative models for de-noising remote-sensing data.

After his time at Cervest he will continue to pursue his passion for Machine Learning with a Master’s degree at Imperial College London.

Anna Moses
Business Process Lead

Anna has broad experience helping organisations to define and operationalise their processes in order to achieve ambitious business objectives.

Anna has worked across the public, private, and charity sectors with a focus on organisational transformation through business analysis and behavioural science-focused change management, at organisations including the UK House of Commons, the Parliamentary Digital Service and leading US healthcare consultancy The Advisory Board Company.

Inspired by Cervest’s commitment to using technology for good, through both the delivery of game-changing products and an inclusive working environment, Anna is passionate about being part of the solution to the climate crisis.

She has a BA in Political Science and History from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michael Griffiths
Senior Engineer

Michael has been building software for over a decade as both a developer and analyst. He has worked and consulted in a broad spectrum of domains – including insurance, payments and e-commerce – for both early-stage startups and established companies. He is also a passionate open-source developer, being a co-maintainer of a number of developer tools for the Clojure programming language. Further, he has been a teacher for the ClojureBridge organisation, which provides free programming workshops for underrepresented groups in tech.

A dedicated environmentalist, having worked for the National Laboratory Service arm of the UK Environment Agency before entering the software industry, he joined Cervest in 2019 with a commitment to use his expertise to build flexible and scalable distributed software systems to help our world adapt to the growing climate crisis, while promoting sustainability and science-driven decision making.

Michael holds a B.Sc. in Theoretical Physics from University College London.