Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze Visits JSC

Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), visited Forschungszentrum Jülich on 28 June 2021 as part of her summer tour. At the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), she learned about energy-efficient supercomputing and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for climate and environmental protection. The minister was welcomed by Jülich’s new members of the Board of Directors, Dr. Astrid Lambrecht and Prof. Frauke Melchior. Afterwards, Dr. Scarlet Stadtler from JSC and her colleagues provided insights into the KI:STE project (AI Strategy for Earth System Data), which is funded by the BMU. The aim of the project is to use deep learning methods for the in-depth analysis of environmental data, for example to assess risks from natural hazards that are becoming increasingly frequent as a result of climate change. This should enable preventive measures to be initiated at an early stage in the event of extreme meteorological events. Together with the project partners, the technical prerequisites are also to be created to ensure that powerful AI applications for environmental data are made available in a portable way. Prof. Thomas Lippert, head of JSC, concluded by speaking about the ongoing activities on energy-efficient supercomputing at JSC, especially with regard to the development of future exascale systems. Environment minister Schulze was impressed by Jülich's research activities.

Contact: Dr. Scarlet Stadtler, s.stadtler@fz-juelich.de

from JSC News No. 282, 27 July 2021