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Resumption of Workshop

On behalf of the NOAA AI Workshop Local Organizing Committee and the Science Committee, it is our pleasure to inform you that we have decided to resume the organization of the Workshop, but to be hosted virtually (online). The workshop will not take place in a condensed one-week period as originally planned. Instead, it will span over many weeks and will consist of various weekly events including extended presentations, mini sessions, panel discussions, tutorials, and networking opportunities. We like to call it a WiSM (Workshop in Slow Motion). We will take advantage of this opportunity to reserve ample time for presentations and Q&As sessions. It is expected that this format will actually lead to more thorough conversations and deeper understanding of the use of AI/ML techniques for environmental sciences.

Purpose of Workshop

The workshop will build on the success of the 1st Workshop on Leveraging AI. This workshop will help gather scientists, program managers, and leaders from public, academic and private sectors. It will enable experts involved in the development and adaptation of AI tools and applications in a number of fields to meet and exchange experiences.

It is important to note that there are fields with similar fundamental issues as the field of environmental science. These fundamental issues include image and signal processing, pattern recognition, morphing, projection mapping, data mining, clustering, etc. This will facilitate the cross-fertilization of knowledge in different communities within NOAA and outside of NOAA to benefit in environmental science.

This gathering will allow participants to exchange ideas, share lessons learned, and to discuss both the future potential and limitations of AI. It will also help to establish collaborations for using AI tools for many purposes, including:

  • Reviewing AI-enabling technology and tools
  • Furthering scientific objectives of better utilization of Earth observation
  • Sharing ideas to improve environmental science
  • Improving efficiency of environmental data processing and exploitation for cost effectiveness
  • Identifying innovative ways to use satellite data and other environmental data to create new products and services and generate new markets
  • Expanding commercial markets of high-level environment-related products and services to benefit society and the economy

Who Should Attend

Scientists, program managers, and leaders from the public, academic and private sectors interested in identifying innovative ways to use satellite and other environmental data and to improve environmental predictions.

Workshop Format

The workshop will have oral presentations as well as posters organized by sessions. It will also have panel discussions and invited speaker presentations. Tutorials on AI/ML tools are also planned as part of the workshop.

Science Committee


  • Sid Boukabara (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR)
  • Vladimir Krasnopolsky (NOAA/NWS/NCEP)
  • Kenneth Casey (NOAA/NCEI)
  • Jebb Stewart (NOAA/OAR/ESRL)
  • Nikunj Oza (NASA/Ames and NASA/ESTO)
  • John Ten Hoeve (NOAA/NWS Office of Org. Excellence)
  • Greg Dusek (NOS)
  • V Ramaswamy (NOAA, GFDL)
  • William Michaels (NOAA, Fisheries)


  • Kayo Ide (Univ. Of Maryland)
  • Amy McGovern (Univ. Of Oklahoma, AMS AI Committee Member)
  • Allen Huang (Univ. Of Wisconsin)
  • Phillip Tissot (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, AMS AI Committee Member)
  • Sue E. Haupt (NCAR)

Private Sector

  • John Williams (The Weather Company, an IBM Business)
  • Jason Hickey (Google)
  • David Hall (NVIDIA)

If you have questions, please contact: Narges Shahroudi

Workshop News

An AMS special collection of articles containing research from the workshop has been compiled. You can find the collection at the link below:

• AMS - AI Workshop Special Collection

The collection includes overview articles, as well as those covering a wide range of topics including image processing such as gap filling; estimation of radar reflectivity, soil moisture, and TC intensity; detection of tropical and extratropical cyclones, and intense mid-latitude convection; prediction of streamflow, TC rapid intensification, and tornados; development of neural networks to replace convective parameterization schemes; post-forecast correction of long-range forecasts of precipitation and surface temperature; postprocessing in the form of nonlinear averaging of precipitation and ocean wave ensemble forecasts; and explainable AI.

Important Dates

Workshop Start Date
30 July 2020

Invited Speakers

  • Samantha Adams (UKMO)
  • V. Balaji (GFDL)
  • William Collins (UC Berkeley)
  • Laura Dobbs (Microsoft)
  • Peter Dueben (ECMWF)
  • Alan Geer (ECMWF)
  • David Hall (NVIDIA)
  • Sue Ellen Haupt (NCAR)
  • Jason Hickey (Google)
  • Jacqueline Le Moigne (NASA)
  • Hyesook Lee (KMA/NIMS)
  • Sebastian Lerch (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Jeremy McGibbon (Vulcan)
  • Amy McGovern (Univ. Of Oklahoma, AMS AI Committee)
  • John Williams (The Weather Company, an IBM Business)

Background and Workshop Motivations

Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine/deep learning techniques (including deep neural networks, DNNs) have advanced considerably in recent years across a number of areas and applications: in medicine, self-driving cars, social media, the finance industry, etc. The astonishing increase in accuracy and applicability of AI has been significant in the private sector, driven by the ease, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, speed and auto-learning features of AI. Significant advances have also been made in application of AI in different areas of meteorology and oceanography.

However, until recently, far fewer AI applications were developed in the area of environmental science.

There have been encouraging signs that AI is increasingly considered for these applications, with promising results—including predictive skills—and this trend is expected to continue with the ever-increasing volume of satellite data and the increased societal reliance on improved forecasting accuracy and resolutions. The increase of data volume comes from higher resolution satellites and sensors, from a growing list of new sensors (traditional as well as smallsats/cubesats), and from an explosion of new virtual observing systems made possible by the internet of things (IoT). These large increases are expected to present major challenges for exploiting these data sources, and AI has emerged as a potentially transformational and mitigating technology.