Climate Informatics 2012

The Second International Workshop on Climate Informatics
September 20-21, 2012

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado.

Please see the official website at the NCAR. This site here is a wiki containing additional materials for attendees in advance of the workshop.

NOTE: if you attended Climate Informatics 2011 (The First International Workshop on Climate Informatics), please fill out this short (only a page!) anonymous survey!

The threat of climate change is one of the greatest challenges currently facing society. Given the profound impact machine learning has made on the natural sciences to which it has been applied, such as the field of bioinformatics, we are forging and encouraging collaborations between machine learning (as well as data mining and statistics) and climate science in order to accelerate progress in answering pressing questions in climate science.

The goal of this workshop is to incubate this nascent field, climate informatics. Recent progress on climate informatics reveals that collaborations with climate scientists also open interesting new problems for machine learning. There are myriad collaborations possible at the intersection of these two fields. We hope that every workshop attendee leaves with a new collaboration in climate informatics. The format of the workshop will emphasize communication among the various fields, with a strong emphasis on brainstorming and break-out sessions, as well as panel discussions.

This year we are very pleased to be offering TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS. Anyone who submits a poster abstract is eligible; fellowships will be awarded competitively upon review of the submitted abstracts. Please indicate with your submission whether you wish to be considered for a travel fellowship.

Important dates:
Friday, July 13, 2012 ______________________  Poster abstracts due [Submissions are now CLOSED]
Friday, August 3, 2012 _____________________ Author notification
Friday, August 3, 2012 _____________________ Travel fellowship notification
Friday, August 31, 2012_____________________ Revised abstracts due
Thursday-Friday, September 20-21, 2012 ______ Workshop takes place at NCAR, in Boulder, CO

Confirmed invited speakers:
Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto
Jim Hurrell, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Vipin Kumar, University of Minnesota
Amy McGovern, University of Oklahoma


Claire Monteleoni, George Washington University
Karsten Steinhaeuser, University of Minnesota

Gavin Schmidt, NASA and Columbia University

Local Chairs:
Doug Nychka, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Steve Sain, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Program Chairs:
Arindam Banerjee, University of Minnesota
Jason Smerdon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Breakouts Chair:
Jim Gattiker, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Communications Chair:
Evan Kodra, Northeastern University

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Information Science and Technology Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Cray Inc.

*The conference logo image is courtesy of Michael Tippett.  Colors show deviations of sea-surface temperatures from their climatological values in the equatorial Pacific from January 1997 to April 2000 with time going counter-clockwise.