Icebergs are melting fast. AI can track them 10,000 times faster than humans

Icebergs are melting fast. AI can track them 10,000 times faster than humans

Scientists are turning to artificial intelligence to quickly spot giant icebergs in satellite images with the goal of monitoring their shrinkage over time. And unlike the conventional iceberg-tracking approach, which takes a human a few minutes to outline just one of these structures in an image, AI accomplished the same task in less than 0.01 seconds. That’s 10,000 times faster.

“It is crucial to locate icebergs and monitor their extent, to quantify how much meltwater they release into the ocean,” Anne Braakmann-Folgmann, lead author of a study on the results and a  scientist at the University of Leeds in the U.K., said in a statement.

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