Since the industrial revolution, as human technology has advanced, the environment has suffered. Dan Hammer is looking to turn this paradigm on its head, as he takes a high-tech approach to preserving the environment by using data science and satellite imagery to monitor and protect forests all around the globe.
Dan Hammer received 2017 Pritzker Award for his work to make environmental information more accessible to journalists. He earned his PhD in Environmental Economics from UC Berkeley, where he was a Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. Dan works at an environmental and tech nonprofit that he founded alongside two other Berkeley alumni, including the former CEO of The Nature Conservancy and The Moore Foundation. He previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor on data infrastructure in the Obama White House, as well as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA. Dan was the Chief Data Scientist at the World Resources Institute, where he co-founded Global Forest Watch — an online platform to monitor deforestation from satellite imagery. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx