Airplane Contrails Made Be Adding to Climate Change

Deloitte Consulting one of the largest professional services providers on the globe with over 120,000 employees, is sponsoring a Quantum Climate Challenge to address issues of climate change associated with air travel. Entrants will have access to the quantum computing resources of computing partner IBM Quantum, and the best submissions will have the opportunity to present at the Deloitte Greenhouse in Berlin and be eligible to win part of the €12,000 prize pool.

The effects of air travel on localized and global climate are a complex calculation in which clouds caused by aircraft contrails can have a warming or a cooling effect on the climate.  This calculation is highly dependent on the current weather situation, and quantum computing offers the ability to optimize the flight patterns of aircraft to minimize their environmental impact in real time. This challenge represents another area where the increased optimization potential of quantum computing can have a real impact where the interdependence of multiple variables may create obstacles for traditional high powered computational solutions.

If you are interested in participating in the challenge, there is an application form on their website here. Participants have the opportunity to join with their own team, or find a challenge team to join on the website prior to the initial webinar that will open the challenge on March 1, 2022.

February 23, 2022