Portrait of Lucas Joppa

Lucas Joppa

Chief Environmental Officer

Selected media

Contributed press publications

A planetary computer to avert environmental disaster | Scientific American | 2019

AI has a huge role to play in fulfilling Sustainable Development Goals | Tech2 | 2019

Seeing the forest and the trees – how AI is changing the future of forests | The Guardian | 2019

Getting back to nature with AI: Why Microsoft and National Geographic Society are working together to advance conservation science with computer science | National Geographic | 2018

AI can be a game-changer for the world’s forests. Here’s how | World Economic Forum blog | 2018

How Artificial Intelligence could save the planet | Paul Allen website | 2018

The case for technology investments in the environment | Nature | 2017

How AI can help cities conserve resources and plan for the future | Meeting of the Minds blog | 2017

Protect a sixth of the land, save two thirds of species | The Conversation | 2013

Contributed Microsoft publications

Beyond our four walls: How Microsoft is accelerating sustainability progress | Microsoft on the Issues blog | 2018

Achievement Unlocked – Nearly 200 million images into a national land cover map in about 10 minutes |Microsoft Green blog | 2018

Turbocharging precision conservation: Microsoft and Esri introduce new Geo AI product to developers | Microsoft Green blog | 2018

The heat is on for better climate data | Microsoft Green blog | 2018

AI for Earth and Our Oceans | Microsoft Green blog | 2017

Podcast and broadcast media coverage

AI for Earth helps researchers get more granular with climate data | Marketplace Tech | 2019

Microsoft and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Team Together to Fund A.I. Research | Cheddar TV | 2019

Dr. Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft | Experts Only podcast | 2019

Microsoft’s new climate plan: Charge itself for polluting | KUOW News | 2019

Microsoft announces efforts to improve global sustainability | Yahoo Finance News | 2019

Microsoft says more must be done to combat ‘magnitude & speed of the world’s environmental changes’ | Cheddar TV | 2019

AI for Earth with Lucas Joppa | This Week in Machine Learning podcast | 2019

Putting AI to work for the environment | Science Friday podcast | 2018

Endangered orcas helped by Artificial Intelligence | KING 5 News | 2018

Microsoft uses AI to protect Earth | Cheddar TV | 2017

Communicators at Technology Fairs | CSPAN | 2015

Science Podcast: 17 May Show | Science podcast | 2013

Print media coverage

The ultimate optimization problem: how to best use every square meter of Earth’s surface | IEEE Spectrum | 2019

The disruptors: Lucas Joppa’s mission to use Microsoft’s computational might for good | Ethical Corporation | 2019

AI could be a critical tool to help save the planet | The Guardian | 2019

Microsoft is the latest major U.S. company to back a carbon tax. Here’s why. | TIME | 2019

Microsoft wants to unleash its AI expertise on climate change | Fast Company | 2019

AI will be a vital tool in making the global economy more sustainable and efficient – PwC” | Forbes | 2019

Can Artificial Intelligence help save the natural world? | PBS NOVA | 2019

How to preserve nature on a tight budget | The Economist | 2019

Earth hacker | Nature | 2018

Microsoft and National Geographic announce winners of AI for Earth Innovation Grant | Venture Beat | 2018

Can Artificial Intelligence improve maps for land conservation? | Reuters | 2018

How Artificial Intelligence could prevent natural disasters | WIRED | 2018

Microsoft says AI is finally ready for broader use to help solve Earth’s environmental woes | Geekwire | 2018

Microsoft announces $50 million for its AI for Earth project | MIT Technology Review | 2017

Microsoft media coverage

Growing up off the grid paved the way for Microsoft’s chief environmental officer | Microsoft Life | 2019

AI for Earth with Dr. Lucas Joppa | Microsoft Research podcast | 2019

We’re increasing our carbon fee as we double down on sustainability | Microsoft on the Issues blog | 2019

‘We need to do some radical things and we need to do them now.’ Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer reveals why he thinks the world of AI for Earth | Microsoft News UK | 2019

Meet Lucas Joppa, the man on a mission to save the planet by democratizing AI | Microsoft News India | 2018

How AI for Earth can be a force multiplier for sustainability solutions | Microsoft News | 2018

AI for Earth can be a game-changer for our planet | Microsoft on the Issues blog | 2017

Announcing AI for Earth: Microsoft’s new program to put AI to work for the future of our planet | Microsoft on the Issues blog | 2017

From AI and data science to cryptography: Microsoft researchers offer 16 predictions for ’16 | Microsoft News | 2015

The promise of conservation and the cloud | Microsoft News | 2015

ZooTracer: Setting a Track Record | Microsoft Research blog | 2014

Latest Microsoft Research Luminary: Lucas Joppa, Conservation Scientist | Microsoft blog | 2013

Royal Society Shines a Light on Ecological Conservation | Microsoft Research blog | 2013

Algorithmic Analysis Leads to Efficient Approach for Plant Conservation | Microsoft Research blog | 2013

Mapping Endangered Species | Microsoft News UK | 2012

Conferences and videos

Deploying AI for a Climate-Stable Future (Morning Keynote – Day 1) | Future Decoded | 2019 (starts 0:42:00 – ends 1:07:32)

Scaling Climate Solutions with AI | Web Summit | 2019

Lucas Joppa – AI for Earth | Climate Informatics | 2019

Meet Code Creators: Artificial Intelligence | Microsoft Education | 2018

Is tech doing enough to save the planet? | Web Summit | 2018

AI for Earth | Microsoft Research | 2017

Research in Focus: AI for Earth | Microsoft Research | 2017

Esri UC 2017: Microsoft AI | Esri Events | 2017

Microsoft Ignite 2017: AI for Earth | Microsoft | 2017

@Microsoft – AI for Earth: Developing Data-Driven Solutions for Biodiversity Conservation | MSFT Green Blog | 2017

RNRF Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment: 12/6/2016 Lucas Joppa | Renewable Natural Resources Foundation | 2016

USDA and Microsoft Innovation Challenge for food resilience (starts at 0:50) | Microsoft Research | 2015

Big Data and Conservation: Deluge or Drought? | WWF’s Fuller Fund | 2015

Counting and conserving the world’s “missing” species | NIMBioS | 2015

Connecting Environmental and Computer Science | Microsoft Research | 2014

Madingley Model: A New Tool For Conservation | Drew Purves | 2014

Lucas Joppa, Technology for nature exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013 | The Royal Society | 2013

A Prediction Engine for the Planet | Microsoft Research | 2013

New Tools for Environmental Science | Microsoft Research | 2012