Welcome to the Center for Climate IT
The climate emergency is a multidimensional and wicked problem that requires a range of responses at various scales (local, regional, national, and planetary). Whether the issue of concern is renewable energy and carbon reduction, biodiversity loss, transport, agriculture, the circular economy, mitigation and adaptation, or more desirable economies, IT plays a central role.
As a new, ambitious and multi-disciplinary research space, the Center for Climate IT (CCIT) builds on the recognition that climate change and its concurrent emergencies cannot be addressed without imaginative, critical, reflexive, and productive ways of engaging with digital technologies and processes of digitalization.
As an emerging field of research, climate IT brings various forms of knowledge and expertise to bear on the role of digital technologies in the move towards more desirable climate futures. Data, machine learning, and AI all promise revolutionary advances in the speed and scale at which climate related problems can be addressed. The CCIT is a place that critically engages with such promises by opening up a space of collaboration and problematization with public and private organizations, government, civil society actors, as well as national and international scholars.
CCIT and START: Fostering Research Collaboration
CCIT is proud to host the Center for Agricultural Food Systems (START), an ambitious research collaboration platform that brings together all eight Danish universities. At the ITU, Jonas Valbjørn Andersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is START’s main representative. START’s mission is to accelerate green transitions within the Agrifood System. It provides a platform that promotes interdisciplinary collaborations across natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. With a mission-oriented research approach at its core, START is enabling researchers to tackle the challenges of sustainable development in the agrifood system through a synthesis of diverse scientific disciplines.
Have you heard about the 'Jernbanebyen' (the train track city) in Copenhagen? Between the train tracks running out of Copenhagen and the O2, a new neighbourhood is being developed. The project aims to be both sustainable and inclusive, not only through 25% of all housing being social housing, but also through the many green and public spaces and a new community house, SPOR10. SPOR10 will host a series of sport halls, community halls and exhibition spaces. Interested in how this sustainable urban project is being realized in real time (from design to reality), CCIT members Tom Jenkins and Jonas Fritsch will spend a day a week in SPOR10 from August onwards. They hope it not only becomes a field site, but also a place where they can contribute with their continuous insights, thereby creating a dialogue between research and reality.
Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science Pınar Tözün has secured 2.7 million kroner from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to develop novel mechanisms to get more value out of data using the computing power of small devices. The research project is entitled Machine Learning on Tiny Hardware (MOTH) and is slated to run for three years, beginning August 2023. Read more about the project and Tözün's research vision here.
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At the Center for Climate IT we're always interested to hear from you, whether you are a researcher, a company or part of a state organisation. Email us on email@example.com or sign up for our newsletter here.
Are you a student at ITU? We are launching a student group within CCIT! Send firstname.lastname@example.org an email if you'd like to get involved!