Googles wildfire detection is available in US, Mexico, Canada and parts of Australia

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  • (3/5) pic.twitter.com/TX1BnvUjeN— Google AI (@GoogleAI) November 2, 2022We’ve trained ML models using satellite imagery to identify and track wildfires in real time and predict how they will evolve to support first responders.
  • (https://t.co/RTkFCMGb0k)We're announcing our wildfire detection system now works in the US, CAN, MX and parts of AUS.
  • When available, you can also see important details about the fire, such as its containment, how many acres have burned, and when all this information was last reported.The feature joins a similar ML-based flood forecasting feature announced back in 2018.
  • That feature is now being expanded to an additional 18 countries.Google also noted, as previously covered in a piece by Wired, that it’s using machine learning models to identify damaged buildings after natural disasters such as hurricanes.
  • More recently, the company applied the models to support government relief efforts during the recent flooding in Pakistan, Chou says.“We hope to continue to empower organizations to deliver aid faster to those who need it,” she added.
  • The company noted at the time,[W]e’re now bringing all of Google’s wildfire information together and launching it globally with a new layer on Google Maps.
At an AIfocused press event today in New York, Google announced that its bringing its AIpowered wildfire detection system to the U.S. Canada, Mexico and parts of Australia. Its one of several AI [+1665 chars]