Audi Issues $100,000 Grant to Caltech For Climate Change Research

Beverly Braga | Apr 23, 2020

Audi of America and the Audi Environmental Foundation have awarded a grant worth $100,000 to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to support its research efforts in the Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA). The announcement was timed with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which was on April 22.

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CliMA is a partnership of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians from Caltech, MIT, the Naval Postgraduate School, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and its mission is to provide accurate climate change and environmental impact predictions. The research gathered is utilized to help various agencies in planning and preparation — from infrastructure and supply chains to how communities may be impacted by climate-related threats. This grant will directly fund research in developing a new Earth system model, which is expected to be fully operational within the next five years.

Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, advance computing, and machine learning help researchers pursue such an aggressive timeline for the model. Accuracy in data gathering and pattern computations are improved, which then create more precise estimations of extreme planetary conditions such as droughts, heat waves, sea levels, and excessive rainfall. And not only would the new climate model produce actionable predictions on a global scale, but also could pinpoint information on a more regional basis as well.

The Audi Environmental Foundation was founded by Audi AG in 2009. Audi, as a global company, has committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 30% by 2025, leading up to carbon neutrality by 2050. The CliMA donation is the first collaboration between the North American arm of Audi and its German-based non-profit organization. Additional philanthropic initiatives are planned, and all to further address critical environmental issues.

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