National Geographic joins hands with Microsoft in a new partnership to advance scientific exploration and research on critical environmental challenges with the power of AI. The joint venture which created $1 million AI for Earth Innovation Grant program will provide some of the important tools and financial support to achieve the goal.

“Microsoft is constantly exploring the boundaries of what technology can do, and what it can do for people and the world,” said Lucas Joppa, chief environmental scientist at Microsoft. “We believe that humans and computers, working together through AI, can change the way that society monitors, models and manages Earth’s natural systems. We believe this because we’ve seen it — we’re constantly amazed by the advances our AI for Earth collaborators have made over the past months. Scaling this through National Geographic’s global network will create a whole new generation of explorers who use AI to create a more sustainable future for the planet and everyone on it.”

Any interested individuals, organizations working on Environmental science and computer science can apply here to be part of the initiative.