The Power of Climate Data with Sid and Osho Jha β”‚ S3Ep13 🎧

John Ellison sits down with the Jha brothers, founders of dClimate, to explore how to build a decentralized data ecosystem for environmental solutions.

The Power of Climate Data with Sid and Osho Jha β”‚ S3Ep13 🎧

Hey ReFi Nation! πŸ‘‹

Anna here sharing the latest episode of ReFi Podcast where John Ellison sits down with Sid and Osho Jha, the visionary brothers behind Arbol and dClimate.

Arbol offers parametric insurance for farmers, utilizing climate data to provide more security against unpredictable weather conditions. Meanwhile, dClimate stands as an open data infrastructure platform, empowering users to analyze complex data sets and build applications that can bring about real change.

In this episode, we will:

  • 🌱 Delve into the creative paths taken by Arbol and dClimate, focusing on their transformative effects on agriculture and the analysis of environmental data.
  • πŸ›°οΈ Uncover the capabilities of CYCLOPS and Egis, revolutionary platforms employing satellite imagery and climate risk evaluation for practical, real-world uses.
  • 🌍 Grasp the crucial role these platforms play in forging regenerative finance, innovating in new market spaces, and fostering solutions driven by and for communities in the environmental sphere.

Why Climate Data? β˜€οΈ

For global policymakers and decision-makers, access to a comprehensive view of current and historical climate data is critical. It's important to note that an estimated 70% of the world's economy is, in some way, influenced by weather conditions.

In recent years, climate-related disasters worldwide have led to losses totalling $415 billion, highlighting the critical need for precise and timely data to help decision-makers and insurers reduce risks.

Revolutionizing Climate Data β›…

Source: dClimate

dClimate stands at the forefront of climate science and action. This innovative ecosystem is designed to overhaul the current inefficient, centralized model of climate data management. By harnessing the power of blockchain technology, dClimate introduces an ecosystem that incentivizes data collection and provision, simultaneously offering transparency and easy accessibility for data users.

Functioning as a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), dClimate strategically prioritizes which climate data to encourage, while also establishing effective governance for the validation of this data.

The Challenge πŸ‘

Source: LinkedIn

Climate data is crucial for understanding and addressing the climate crisis, playing a vital role in informing both local and global policies. However, the current state of climate data management is disjointed and inefficient. This fragmentation hampers our ability to effectively communicate, share, and act on climate-related information.

There's a significant divide not only between countries and institutions, which often operate with differing and incompatible systems but also between those on the ground collecting data and those who urgently need or are best suited to use this information effectively.

Environmental Monitoring with AI πŸ€–


In the realm of environmental monitoring, especially concerning natural capital and the voluntary carbon market, the need for accuracy, transparency, and accountability is paramount. CYCLOPS (Calculating Yearly Carbon Levels Over Perennials and Savannah) is a sophisticated data model and an open digital Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (dMRV) platform, revolutionizing the way these crucial sectors are observed and managed.

Natural capital encompasses the Earth’s ecosystems, biodiversity, and vital resources, fundamental to our planet's health and socio-economic progress. Efficient monitoring and verification of these assets are critical for validating the impact of carbon credit projects and conservation efforts. However, traditional methods, often manual and time-consuming, fall short in accuracy and comprehensive coverage. The rapid environmental changes we face today demand more dynamic and precise monitoring approaches.

Reshaping Financial Systems for Climate Resilience πŸƒ

Since its inception in 2018, Arbol has been at the forefront of integrating vast data networks with state-of-the-art technologies and risk capital. This innovative blend is reshaping how climate risk is managed in our financial systems. With climate change escalating the frequency and severity of events like hurricanes, droughts, floods, and heatwaves, businesses and communities face hundreds of billions in annual losses. Yet, traditional insurance models cover only a fraction of these losses, often hindered by outdated and inefficient processes.

By combining data, financial products, and risk capital, Arbol offers a holistic approach to tackling the multifaceted climate challenges impacting the financial system today.

In this episode, we cover:

[00:04:09] The Big Picture of dClimate
[00:10:07] The AHA Moment for Osho
[00:15:14] The Motivation to Build CYCLOPS
[00:25:34] Building Carbon 2.0 at CYCLOPS
[00:36:44] People’s Response to dClimate
[00:40:59] Implementing Open Source and Open Data in dClimate and CYCLOPS
[00:46:00] What is Eges and How Does It Work?
[00:51:35] What’s Coming Next for Climate Data?
[01:00:04] The Roadmap for Decentralization at dClimate
[01:03:16] Getting Involved

Join The Conversation!

How might decentralized data platforms redefine community empowerment in climate risk management?

Is the future of combating climate change dependent on innovative finance models that incentivize data transparency and collection?

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