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title: ClimateGAN
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sdk: gradio
sdk_version: 2.9.4
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license: gpl-3.0

ClimateGAN: Raising Awareness about Climate Change by Generating Images of Floods

This repository contains the code used to train the model presented in our paper.

It is not simply a presentation repository but the code we have used over the past 30 months to come to our final architecture. As such, you will find many scripts, classes, blocks and options which we actively use for our own development purposes but are not directly relevant to reproduce results or use pretrained weights.

flood processing

Using pre-trained weights

In the paper, we present ClimateGAN as a solution to produce images of floods. It can actually do more:

  • reusing the segmentation map, we are able to isolate the sky, turn it red and in a few more steps create an image resembling the consequences of a wildfire on a neighboring area, similarly to the California wildfires.
  • reusing the depth map, we can simulate the consequences of a smog event on an image, scaling the intensity of the filter by the distance of an object to the camera, as per HazeRD

image of wildfire processing image of smog processing

In this section we'll explain how to produce the Painted Input along with the Smog and Wildfire outputs of a pre-trained ClimateGAN model.


This repository and associated model have been developed using Python 3.8.2 and Pytorch 1.7.0.

$ git clone
$ cd climategan
$ pip install -r requirements-3.8.2.txt # or `requirements-any.txt` for other Python versions (not tested but expected to be fine)

Our pipeline uses to log images. You don't have to use their services but we recommend you do as images can be uploaded on your workspace instead of being written to disk.

If you want to use Comet, make sure you have the appropriate configuration in place (API key and workspace at least)


  1. Download and unzip the weights from this link (checkout gdown for a commandline interface) and put them in config/
$ pip install gdown
$ mkdir config
$ cd config
$ gdown
$ unzip
$ cd .. 
  1. Run from the repo's root:

    1. With comet:
    python --batch_size 4 --half --images_paths path/to/a/folder --resume_path config/model/masker --upload
    1. Without comet (and shortened args compared to the previous example):
    python -b 4 --half -i path/to/a/folder -r config/model/masker --output_path path/to/a/folder

The script has many options, for instance to use a different output size than the default systematic 640 x 640 pixels, look at the code or python --help.

Training from scratch

ClimateGAN is split in two main components: the Masker producing a binary mask of where water should go and the Painter generating water within this mask given an initial image's context.


The code is structured to use shared/trainer/defaults.yaml as default configuration. There are 2 ways of overriding those for your purposes (without altering that file):

  1. By providing an alternative configuration as command line argument config=path/to/config.yaml

    1. The code will first load shared/trainer/defaults.yaml
    2. then update the resulting dictionary with values read in the provided config argument.
    3. The folder config/ is NOT tracked by git so you would typically put them there
  2. By overwriting specific arguments from the command-line like python data.loaders.batch_size=8



Real Images

Because of copyrights issues we are not able to share the real images scrapped from the internet. You would have to do that yourself. In the yaml config file, the code expects a key pointing to a json file like data.files.<train or val>.r: <path/to/a/json/file>. This json file should be a list of dictionaries with tasks as keys and files as values. Example:

    "x": "path/to/a/real/image",
    "s": "path/to/a/segmentation_map",
    "d": "path/to/a/depth_map"

Following the ADVENT procedure, only x should be required. We use s and d inferred from pre-trained models (DeepLab v3+ and MiDAS) to use those pseudo-labels in the first epochs of training (see pseudo: in the config file)

Simulated Images

We share snapshots of the Virtual World we created in the Mila-Simulated-Flood dataset. You can download and unzip one water-level and then produce json files similar to that of the real data, with an additional key "m": "path/to/a/ground_truth_sim_mask". Lastly, edit the config file: data.files.<train or val>.s: <path/to/a/json/file>


The painter expects input images and binary masks to train using the GauGAN training procedure. Unfortunately we cannot share openly the collected data, but similarly as for the Masker's real data you would point to the data using a json file as:

    "x": "path/to/a/real/image",
    "m": "path/to/a/water_mask",

And put those files as values to data.files.<train or val>.rf: <path/to/a/json/file> in the configuration.

Coding conventions

  • Tasks
    • x is an input image, in [-1, 1]
    • s is a segmentation target with long classes
    • d is a depth map target in R, may be actually log(depth) or 1/depth
    • m is a binary mask with 1s where water is/should be
  • Domains
    • r is the real domain for the masker. Input images are real pictures of urban/suburban/rural areas
    • s is the simulated domain for the masker. Input images are taken from our Unity world
    • rf is the real flooded domain for the painter. Training images are pairs (x, m) of flooded scenes for which the water should be reconstructed, in the validation data input images are not flooded and we provide a manually labeled mask m
    • kitti is a special s domain to pre-train the masker on Virtual Kitti 2
      • it alters the trainer.loaders dict to select relevant data sources from trainer.all_loaders in trainer.switch_data(). The rest of the code is identical.
  • Flow
    • This describes the call stack for the trainers standard training procedure
    • train()
      • run_epoch()
        • update_G()
          • zero_grad(G)
          • get_G_loss()
            • get_masker_loss()
              • masker_m_loss() -> masking loss
              • masker_s_loss() -> segmentation loss
              • masker_d_loss() -> depth estimation loss
            • get_painter_loss() -> painter's loss
          • g_loss.backward()
          • g_opt_step()
        • update_D()
          • zero_grad(D)
          • get_D_loss()
            • painter's disc losses
            • masker_m_loss() -> masking AdvEnt disc loss
            • masker_s_loss() -> segmentation AdvEnt disc loss
          • d_loss.backward()
          • d_opt_step()
        • update_learning_rates() -> update learning rates according to schedules defined in opts.gen.opt and opts.dis.opt
      • run_validation()
        • compute val losses
        • eval_images() -> compute metrics
        • log_comet_images() -> compute and upload inferences
      • save()