#ARIES15years: Celebrating 15 years of AI for environmental sustainability

January 19, 2022

Since 2007, ARIES has been building the first ‘Wikipedia-like’ open-source platform for interoperable data and models, through AI. Our mission is to integrate citizens and scientists’ multidisciplinary knowledge and achieve a more sustainable and resilient future for all.

It’s already been 15 years since the Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services team came together at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics of the University of Vermont, with the scope of developing a pioneering modelling technology that could address the world’s most complex sustainability issues.

In 2008, ARIES created a prototype of the model building system and a functional prototype was made available online in 2012. Over the following year, the project began organizing its first annual intensive training school – the International Spring University (ISU) on Ecosystem Services Modelling – to prepare scientists and policy analysts working in the environmental field. 

Based at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) since 2010, ARIES has collaborated with many international institutions including the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the European Space Agency (ESA), and NASA.

A new vision for 21st-century science

The ARIES team has developed a technology trusted by +2,000 users around the world that can lead to better-informed decision-making. Check out the infographic below providing an overview of our vision to take open science to the next level. We have continually worked to make science matter in policy-making where nature counts —and we’re not stopping now!  

Watch for a series of new ARIES online infographics to be released throughout the following months, both on our website and via our social media channels. Stay tuned & follow #ARIES15years to find out more!



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