AI for Earth partners
Learn about our partners working on the front lines of sustainability.
Ocean Data Platform with Ship Emissions Tracker
The Ocean Data Platform (ODP) is an open and collaborative platform connecting data, people, and technology for a healthy ocean. Built on top of the ODP, Microsoft, C4IR Ocean, and NoA Ignite have jointly developed the Ship Emissions Tracker to trend greenhouse gas emissions from the global shipping fleet.Learn about ship emissions tracking
Maritime transportation is a crucial link in the global supply chain, ferrying everything from cars to food to medical supplies across our ocean. But as global trade continues to grow, environmental consequences like air and water pollution, wildlife collisions, and underwater noise are increasing alongside it. Regional and local emissions data are spread across various private and public silos and portals. The data is usually aggregated to provide annual fuel consumption and is often limited to ships above 5000 GT (more than 100 meters long). A few shipping companies share fuel emissions data openly for the society at large. There is also an ongoing debate over whether emissions accounting for shipping should cover only what is expelled from the ship’s chimney or from the whole fuel supply chain. Without a data-driven approach to fully understand the environmental costs of maritime transport, companies, governments, and regulators are relying on incomplete information and guesswork to solve this mounting problem.
C4IR Ocean, an independent and non-profit foundation established jointly by Aker and the World Economic Forum, aims to bridge these data gaps using its Ocean Data Platform, an open and collaborative data platform that combines data, people, and technology for a healthy and productive ocean. All shipping vessels generate data. Additionally, vessel traffic services use AIS to monitor vessel traffic and positioning, generating their own datasets. ODP brings these disparate streams together in Azure, where advanced analytics as well as empirical and machine learning models are applied to help forecast GHG emissions and other environmental costs of transportation activities. With this information, shipping companies can plan for an environmentally friendly future by reducing emissions with zero-emission vessels and avoiding areas that are sensitive to underwater noise or wildlife collisions.
The real-time environmental impact of 250,000 ships
The objective of C4IR Ocean is to bring industry, academia, government, and the public together to create new and better ways of harnessing rapidly emerging data technologies to heal and restore the ocean so it can be resilient and economically productive. Learn about the importance of measuring ship emissions so that we can manage them.
How the Ship Emissions Tracker works
Maritime vessels and their automatic identifications systems (AIS) generate position tracking data. The data is collected and uploaded to the ODP, and then stored in Azure and prepared for modeling. Advanced analytics are applied to estimate and forecast emissions, allowing regulators, coastal authorities, the scientific community, academia, and more to gain insight and enable data-based decisions related to the environmental impact of shipping.
How the Ocean Data Platform uses Azure
- Kubernetes Service hosting a custom JupyterHub deployment used to run and orchestrate the models.
- Active Directory for handling user authentication to JupyterHub deployment.
- PostgreSQL with PostGIS and pgRouting extensions for calculating the ship routing and storing the results.
- Azure Web Apps for serving a dashboard based on the result.