NCAR to collaborate on national artificial intelligence initiative

Aug 27, 2020

Expanding its use of artificial intelligence techniques to improve forecasting, NCAR is taking part in a major national initiative to advance AI in research and education. logo

NCAR will collaborate with the University of Oklahoma and other leading institutions on the new National Science Foundation (NSF) AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography.

NSF announced an investment of more than $100 million to establish this institute and six others, the result of a national competition to support research and education hubs at U.S. colleges and universities.

"The goal is not just forecast accuracy, but better outcomes in terms of enhanced warning systems that save lives and property," said David John Gagne, an NCAR/CISL scientist who specializes in AI.

"It's a great opportunity to realize the potential of AI and meet the needs of different user groups, including weather forecasters and emergency managers who need to interpret the information generated by AI systems," said Julie Demuth, an NCAR/MMM scientist who specializes in forecast risk communication.

For more, see the UCAR press release.

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NCAR already uses AI techniques to develop new insights into hailstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, and to improve prediction systems for renewable energy.