Flood Risk Intelligence
December 11, 2017

Fathom to present work with Facebook at prestigious American science conference


Fathom will be
returning to the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fall Meeting in New Orleans
next week. The annual event takes place across three days and is the largest preeminent
Earth and space science meeting in the world.


Fathom’s co-founders
have attended the conference regularly over the past 20 years, with Chairman
Paul Bates being made an AGU Fellow last year. In fact, it was during a trip to
AGU in 2012 that the discussion around forming Fathom first began.  


The AGU Fall Meeting
brings the world’s Earth and science community together to discuss research and
emerging trends. This year, Fathom will be presenting nine talks across the
three days, including Dr Andrew Smith’s partnership with Facebook Connectivity
Lab, which aims to calculate risk in developing countries by assessing hi-res
satellite imagery and AI.


Fathom’s Professor
Paul Bates has presented at the Meeting on many occasions over the past 20 years,
on topics including early flood model algorithms and modelling of the Amazon
basin. This year his renowned presentations will include an overview of
Fathom’s up-and-coming US stochastic flood model.


Oliver Wing, author
of Fathom’s recent peer-reviewed US model validation paper, will be presenting
on Fathom’s ground-breaking large-scale US flood risk analysis, and will also
be attending the AGU press conference, whilst Dr Chris Sampson will be talking on
Fathom’s modelling of Hurricane Harvey which provided data to NASA during the


Dr Andrew Smith said
of the conference: 

“We’re very excited
to have such a strong presence at AGU this year. The event itself is always one
of the scientific highlights of the year, bringing together many of the world’s
leading scientists. It’s an opportunity to present our research and methods,
receive feedback from our peers, and plan our collaborations for the coming

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