09/04/2024 admin No Comments

Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Climate Action: The Pioneering Internship at Hasar Partners

In an ambitious move to enhance climate resilience in the Kurdistan region, On 2nd of April, Hasar Partners, in collaboration with the University of Kurdistan Hawler’s Center for Environmental Studies, has initiated a innovative internship focused on data analysis within its sustainability lab. This initiative is an educational opportunity and a merging of minds aiming to tackle one of the most urgent issues of our time: climate change.

A Fusion of Learning and Action

At the core of this internship is a team of students at various stages of their academic journey, united by a shared passion for sustainability and a readiness to tackle complex environmental challenges. The program is structured around task-based learning, with two main phases designed to enrich the interns’ understanding and practical skills in analyzing sustainability data (see our Sustainability Lab).

The initial phase was highlighted during a significant event at the University of Kurdistan Hawler, titled “Utilizing Artificial Intelligence for Climate Actions.” This event marked a significant collaboration between Hasar Partners and the Center for Environmental Studies, emphasizing the crucial role of data in creating effective climate strategies.

Spotlight on Sustainability

During the event, the Data Analysis team from Hasar Partners presented their findings on a variety of environmental issues. Topics covered included air pollution, deforestation, water quality, and canopy analysis, each study supported by thorough data analysis and a commitment to contribute to significant climate action.

The message from Hasar Partners’ president and co-founder was clear and strong: “We want to use data to understand the frequency and magnitude of climate change in the Kurdistan Region. We will not stop here; we continue to build our climate actions based on data-driven decisions.” Gashbin Idris said. This statement emphasizes the organization’s commitment to sustainability and also the importance of data in forming effective environmental policies and actions.

Tools for Change

A key aspect of this initiative is the development of specialized tools through Google Earth Engine by Hasar Partners. The aim is to bridge the gap between the scientific understanding of climate change and the scarcity of relevant data. These tools are designed to allow users to extract spatial and temporal sustainability data, thereby enhancing the accuracy and effectiveness of climate resilience efforts.


Looking Ahead 

Following the successful completion of the first phase, the interns are now preparing for the next challenge, which focuses on predictive analytics and machine learning. This next step promises to explore deeper into the potential of artificial intelligence in forecasting environmental trends and developing proactive solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The interns, having received certificates for their presentations, are preparing for the next task; they are stepping into a future where data and technology play crucial roles in protecting our planet.

In summary, the internship program at Hasar Partners is more than an educational initiative; it is a beacon of hope and a reflection of the power of collaboration, creativity, and a relentless pursuit of sustainability. Through the union of artificial intelligence and environmental science, Hasar Partners is envisioning a greener future for the Kurdistan Region; it is actively laying the groundwork for it.