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2018 CSDMS Annual Meeting:

With Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning - What Lies Ahead for Earth Surface Modeling ?

A Forum, 1030-1230pm, 24th May 2018, SEEC Room ### Convened by Chris JENKINS (INSTAAR, Boulder CO) and Jeff OBELCZ (NRL, Stennis, MS)

Questions for the Forum

  • What can AI and ML currently do that might benefit Earth Surface Dynamics Modeling ?
  • What is the relationship between Process Modelling and AI/ML ?
  • How should CSDMS Community Respond to the Appearance of AI/ML
  • What Earth Surface Dynamics Modeling-related tasks are not suited for AI/ML? Why?

Background Reading

  • Participants can share URL's here to papers that discuss the workings of AI/ML and applications in fields such as ours. Some papers are also relevant to questions for the forum (above).

Jones, N. 2018. How machine learning could help to improve climate forecasts. Nature 548, 379–380 (24 August 2017) doi:10.1038/548379a .

Grover, A. et al. 2015. A Deep Hybrid Model for Weather Forecasting. 2015 ACM, DOI:

Abbot, J. & Marohasy,J. 2013. The Application Of Artificial Intelligence For Monthly Rainfall Forecasting In The Brisbane Catchment, Queensland, Australia. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, 172, 125 - 135. DOI:10.2495/RBM130111

Karpatne, A., et al., 2017. Machine Learning for the Geosciences: Challenges and Opportunities. Workshop on Mining Big Data in Climate and Environment (MBDCE 2017), 17th SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM 2017).

Burghard, C. 2017. From Bench to Bedside: Deep Learning’s Journey in Healthcare. (Registration required)

Datascience 2018. Resources. Culver City CA (Commercially oriented source of up-to-date briefings, useful even down to technical levels.)

Joppa, L.N. 2017. The case for technology investments in the environment. Create an artificial-intelligence platform for the planet, urges Lucas N. Joppa. Nature 552, 325-328 (2017), doi:10.1038/d41586-017-08675-7.

Marone, C. 2018. Training machines in Earthly ways. Nature Geoscience 11, 301-302 (2018), doi: 10.1038/s41561-018-0117-5 .

Displays during the Forum

  • Posters, and printed materials for distribution will be available at the event

Online Resources for the Forum

  • This Wiki will serve Abstracts, URL's, Posters, Images supplied by participants before and during the meeting

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