CC23 - AWS SageMaker + Climate Change Data Registry

Project start and end dates:
2021-09-20 to 2022-04-29

Goals & Objectives

We are building a prototype software that gives citizens personalized help preparing for and recovering from climate change impacts and lets trusted authorities assist them and view the results. All the functionality in our prototype requires lots of open data from multiple countries! While there are open data sets all over the place, it takes us great time and effort to find, examine, organize, and use these data sets. To make it easier to find and use our data, we are preparing a registry of environmental and climate change-related data sets. 

We would like you to use AWS SageMaker and other AI/ML techniques on our own data registry to explore patterns in the data sets. Help us extract information we can use to prepare or improve our YAML files. We should be able to find new data sets, that are not currently in YAML, and produce useful metadata from them. Ideally, we could scan a new dataset and output the results in a YAML file

Project Outcome

The ASU students helped us explore the registry of open environmental and climate change-related earth and space data sets using AWS SageMaker. They analyzed patterns in the data sets and identified the confidence level. They were able to convert files in YALM format to CSV format and created a database using  PostgreSQL. They demonstrated the ability to get the most out of our data registry using AWS SageMaker. Their output will help us organize and use open data sets that will go into the functionality of our prototype.

 The students were always ethical, professional, and highly productive throughout their practicum. They demonstrated their technical skills in achieving the projects goals and objectives.


We would like to thank Hunter Borkowski, Meg Schultz, John Jamison, and the other students of the Software engineering capstone project.

Related Project

OASIS: Software Solutions for Climate Change Problems

Software can help the world respond to climate change impacts and disasters.

In 2019 we set out to investigate if there is a need for a solution that gives citizens personalized help preparing for and recovering from climate change impacts and lets trusted authorities assist them and report on their results.

As part of this effort, a great deal of market and technical research was conducted over the last few years. Over 140 students have been involved so far, in dozens of academic institutions in Canada and internationally.

Our greatest finding is the willingness of citizens to take responsibility and help themselves, their neighbors and community plan for, mitigate and recover from climate change impacts and disasters. We also confirmed that a software solution can be built to help overcome the barriers they face when trying to do so.

Now we’re working on a prototype and sharing our findings and progress. Find out more on our OASIS project website!

Academic Institution

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, USA

Arizona State University is a public metropolitan research university on five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona. ASU is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the U.S.