Artificial Intelligence for Earth System Science (AI4ESS) Summer School

The AI4ESS Summer School will be held June 22-26, 2020 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado, USA.


The AI4ESS Summer School is a week long interactive course covering essential and cutting edge topics in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning that are relevant for Earth System Science problems. Each morning, students will participate in lectures from leading researchers at the intersection of AI and ESS on AI fundamentals, ESS AI applications, and emerging methods. Afternoons will feature interactive breakout sessions where students will work in teams to solve challenge problems with real Earth System data and the AI techniques they have studied during the week. There will also be opportunities to network with the instructors and other students and present a poster about your research.


The goals of the summer school are as follows:

  1. Learn about the fundamentals of data processing, machine learning and deep learning algorithms, evaluation, and interpretation.
  2. See how machine learning systems have been developed for a range of Earth System Science applications.
  3. Develop hands-on experience with machine learning techniques covered in the course on real-world Earth System Science datasets.
  4. Investigate new and emerging methods for ESS machine learning.
  5. Network with fellow students and instructors.

Who Should Apply

We encourage graduate students, postdocs, faculty, research scientists, software engineers, and data scientists focused on Earth System Science to apply. Previous machine learning experience is not required. Some experience with Python and scientific Python libraries will be needed to contribute to the breakout sessions.

Application Process

We have room for up to 80 participants but are expecting interest to exceed capacity. In order to ensure that the applicants who could most benefit from course can attend, we have a formal application and review process for the summer school. 

To apply, please fill out the form here. Applications are due by Friday, January 31, 2020, at 5 PM Mountain Time. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in early March, and those selected will be invited to register. A waiting list will also be created in the event that some participants are not able to attend.


The summer school will be hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and held at the Mesa Laboratory.

1850 Table Mesa Drive
Boulder, CO 80305

The summer school will be held June 22-26, 2020.


Accepted participants will be expected to pay their own travel to the summer school. We hope to be able to support some students with a limited amount of travel support, to be announced at a later date.

The registration fee will be announced early 2020.


We will provide more information on our hotel block at a later date. 


A shuttle will be provided each day to and from the Mesa Lab at the beginning and end of each day. It will pick up from the main Summer School hotel (more info to be provided at a later date) and drop off directly at the Mesa Lab.

Summer School Program Coordinators

David John Gagne
Karthik Kashinath
Natasha Flyer
Rich Loft

Please direct questions about the program to David John Gagne (

Summer School Administrator

Taysia Peterson (

Code of Conduct

UCAR and NCAR are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants in any conference, workshop, field project or project hosted or managed by UCAR, no matter what role they play or their background. This includes respectful treatment of everyone regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, level of experience, political affiliation, veteran status, pregnancy, genetic information, as well as any other characteristic protected under state or federal law. 

All participants (and guests) are required to abide by this Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct is adapted from the one adopted by AGU, complies with the new directive from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and applies to all UCAR-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than UCAR but held in conjunction with UCAR events, in any location throughout the world. 

The full Code of Conduct document can be found here.