CARTO and Google Cloud Announce Climate Insights for Infrastructure


Today, we are proud to announce in conjunction with Google Cloud, the availability of an innovative climate insights offering for infrastructure.

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CARTO and Google Cloud Announce Climate Insights for Infrastructure

The ever-growing threat of climate change on the built environment cannot be ignored. Intensifying wildfires  storms  floods and sea level rise not only impact the health and safety of millions of people worldwide  but also compromise key infrastructure elements  including roads  buildings  industrial facilities and essential energy supply assets.

Ten days of forest fires across the globe.

In response to these worrying developments  government agencies need to fully understand and mitigate against climate risks on their infrastructure  and prioritize their resiliency investments based on more accurate  data-driven insights.

Today  we are proud to announce in conjunction with Google Cloud  the availability of an innovative climate insights offering for infrastructure. This cloud native Location Intelligence platform  gives central  regional and city governments a deeper understanding of the climate risks impacting the infrastructure they manage  so they can better plan investments  prioritize maintenance efforts and respond more rapidly to catastrophes caused by extreme weather events.  

CARTO for Climate Insights brings together unique climate related data sources and analytical capabilities in a collaborative user interface  so insights can be shared across stakeholders and agencies for quicker  more coordinated responses. Agencies can easily publish data and visualizations on climate risks  infrastructure investments and maintenance measures with the citizens they serve  improving community engagement.

Population at higher than average risk of wind in Honolulu  Hawaii.

CARTO for Climate Insights

This cloud native spatial analytics offering built on Google Cloud combines the power of Google BigQuery  Google Earth Engine  Google Maps and CARTO to give policy-makers unified access to their agency infrastructure data  earth observation insights  weather information and other relevant spatial datasets from the CARTO Data Observatory. These data elements are combined with advanced spatial analysis and visualization capabilities so risk models and climate impact insights can be generated through a single  easy to use platform interface.


Measuring climate insights requires complex data layers from many different sources  including population and demographics  road traffic information  and other built environment parameters. Unifying this data with internal information sources from the agency itself and Google Earth Engine  powerful predictive models and visualizations can be developed in CARTO allowing government policy-makers to analyze multiple risk scenarios quickly and at scale.

Additionally  by integrating with BigQuery  governments using climate insights will have access to Google Cloud’s scalable  distributed analysis engine and can query terabytes in seconds and petabytes in minutes.

With better access to climate insights and spatial risk models  Departments of Transportation can effectively plan for potential hazards to road networks resulting from erosion  extreme heat  flooding  fire  drought and severe precipitation.  

Moreover  with climate response measures taking a more important share of government funding programs  access to valuable spatial insights at the agency level can play a fundamental role in prioritizing local investments to ensure more equitable improvement initiatives across affected communities.

If you would like to find out more about how the CARTO platform can be used to address sustainability and climate-related initiatives  contact our specialist team for a personalized demo.