A team of researchers from UCF has been selected as an honorable mention in the Data for Climate Action Challenge organized by UN Global Pulse. Global Pulse is a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data. UN Global Pulse organized Data for Climate Action Challenge (#D4CA) inviting data scientists, researchers, and innovators to dive into big data and help to address climate change. The Challenge gave selected individuals and teams unprecedented access to national, regional, and global datasets from companies — anonymized to protect privacy — as well as robust analytical tools.

UCF team (Assistant Professor Dr. Samiul Hasan and PhD student Kamol Roy) submitted their analysis titled as “Uncovering the Impact of Climate Stress on Human Mobility and Resilience Using Mobile Phone Data”. In this work, they have used mobile phone data of Senegal to understand the changes in human mobility due to rainfall.  They have computed mobility and resilience losses in response to rainfall in Senegal. Findings from the analysis will contribute towards climate adaptation engineering of mobility infrastructure in developing world.

Details of the challenge and names of the award winners will be found at http://www.dataforclimateaction.org/