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

Hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

Overview: 
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.

Networking reception on September 20
 
NOTE: if you attended Climate Informatics 2011 (The First International Workshop on Climate Informatics), please fill out this short (only a page!) anonymous survey!

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:

(Abstract 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

SPONSORS

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Information Science and Technology Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Climate Corporation
Cray Inc.

 

Contact: For more information, to get involved, or to sign up to receive announcements, please contact us here: climate.informatics.workshop@gmail.com.


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.

POSTER ABSTRACTS (ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED)

Abstracts submissions are now closed.

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.

We encourage submissions on topics anywhere at the interface of climate science and machine learning, data mining, statistics, or related fields.  Position papers, and works in progress, are also encouraged. The workshop does not have archival proceedings, therefore previously published work, or work in parallel submission, is also allowed.  Topics include, but are not limited to:

Machine learning, data mining, or statistics applied to climate science

Management and processing of large climate datasets

Long and short-term climate prediction

Ensemble characterization of climate model projections

Past (paleo) climate reconstruction

Uncertainty quantification

Spatio-temporal methods applied to climate data

Time series methods applied to climate data

Methods for modeling, detecting and predicting climate extremes

Climate change attribution

Dependence and causality among climate variables

Detection and characterization of climate teleconnections

Data assimilation

Climate model parameterizations

Hybrid methods

 

Important dates: 

Friday, July 13, 2012 ______________________  Poster abstracts due

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

 

Submission instructions:

Please submit a short (1-2 page) abstract, using the template and guidelines below. Tables and color figures are welcome but must satisfy margin and length requirements.  Submissions should be made in pdf format to the following email address, listing "submission 2012" in the subject line:  climate.informatics.workshop@gmail.com. Please include author names and affiliations as indicated in the provided template. Please indicate with your submission whether you wish to be considered for a travel fellowship. The deadline for submission is July 13, 2012.  Authors will receive feedback on their abstract submissions by August 3rd, after which time revised abstracts may be submitted with a final deadline of August 31, 2012

 Template for abstracts attached below:

 

INVITED SPEAKERS

Amy Braverman, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles

Kim Cobb, Georgia Institute of Technology

Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto

Jim Hurrell, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Tony Jebara, Columbia University

Vipin Kumar, University of Minnesota

Amy McGovern, University of Oklahoma


PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS

The First International Workshop on Climate Informatics -- Friday, August 26, 2011,The New York Academy of Sciences

Climate Informatics Wiki -- (All Climate Informatics Workshops)

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


Location: Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room
Hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

 

AGENDA

Invited talks will be Webcast and recorded

Link to recorded sessions

 

Thursday, September 20th (Location: Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room)
  07:30 am Shuttle Pick-Up at Hotels  
  08:15 am Check-In and Poster Setup  
  08:45 am Welcome & Opening Remarks  
  09:00 am Invited Tutorial: "The Science of Global Climate Change", Jim Hurrell, National Center for Atmospheric Research  
  09:45 am Coffee Break (Posters on Display)  
  10:05 am Invited Tutorial on Machine Learning: Tony Jebara, Columbia University  
  10:50 am Breakout Sessions on Problems  
  11:50 am Invited Talk: "Improving our Understanding of the Formation of Tornadoes Through Spatiotemporal  Data Mining", Amy McGovern, University of Oklahoma  
  12:30 pm Lunch Break (Posters on  display)  
  01:30 pm Invited Talk:" Understanding Climate Change - A Data Driven Approach",  Vipin Kumar, University of Minnesota  
  02:10 pm Parallel Breakout Sessions on Data  
  03:10 pm Coffee Break (Posters on display)  
  03:30 pm Invited Talk: " A Statistical Perspective on Climate Informatics", Amy Braverman, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles  
  04:10 pm Summary Reports for Breakout Groups on Data & Panel Discussion  
  05:00 pm Poster Spotlights  
  05:30 pm Poster Session and Reception  
  07:30 pm Shuttle Pick-Up up from NCAR to downtown Boulder and Hotels  
Friday, September 21st
  08:15 am Shuttle Pick-Up at Hotels  
  08:45 am Check-In Opens  
  09:00 am Invited Talk: "Coral Records of Tropical Pacific Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities", Kim Cobb, Georgia Institute of Technology  
  09:40 am Parallel Breakout Sessions on Problems (continued)  
  10:40 am Coffee Break (Posters on display)  
  11:00 am Invited Talk: "A Comparative Study of the Construction of Global Climate Models", Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto  
  11:40 am Summary Reports for Breakout Groups on Problems & Panel Discussion  
  12:45pm Closing Remarks  
  01:30 pm Shuttle Pick-Up from NCAR to Hotels  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Parallel breakout sessions on Problems: Thursday and Friday mornings

  • Jeff Anderson, National Center for Atmospheric Research: "Data Assimilation for Earth System Models" - Room: Vislab
  • James Elsner, Florida State University: "Reproducible Research in Climate Science; Forecast Skill Assessment of Seasonal Hurricane Models" - Room: Chapman
  • Seth McGinnis, National Center for Atmospheric Research: "Model Evaluation, Uncertainty Quantification, and Analysis of Ensembles" - Room: ML Penthouse

Parallel breakout sessions on Data: Thursday afternoon

  • Kevin Anchukaitis, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: "Data Needs, Challenges, and Outlook in Paleoclimatology" - Room: ML Penthouse
  • Upmanu Lall, Columbia University: "Once we learn, can we predict? The challenge of large spatio-temporal datasets" - Room: Chapman
  • Dean Williams, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: “Tools and Frameworks for Data Management, Analysis and Visualization” - Room: Vislab

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

Hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

 P O S T E R S

 

Note: The abstracts of the presenters in bold below were selected as exemplary works by the reviewers and will receive a 5-minute spotlight presentation immediately preceding the poster session (5:00pm on 9/20).


 

ORGANIZERS

Co-Chairs:

Claire Monteleoni, George Washington University

Karsten Steinhaeuser, University of Minnesota

Advisor:

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

 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Program Chairs:

Arindam Banerjee, University of Minnesota

Jason Smerdon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Committee Members:

Kevin Anchukaitis, Columbia University

Nitesh Chawla, Notre Dame

Julien Emile-Geay, University Of Southern California

Bo Li, Purdue

Yan Liu, Univerisity of Southern California

Aurelie Lozano, IBM Research

Bala Rajaratnam, Stanford

Padhraic Smyth, University of California, Irvine

Martin Tingley, Harvard

Wim Wiegerinch, Radboud University Nijmegen

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

Hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

 PARTICIPANTS

Kevin Anchukaitis Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Jeff Anderson NCAR IMAGe
MohammadTaha Bahadori University of Southern California
Arindam Banerjee University of Minnesota
Amy Braverman Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Ruben Buaba North Carolina A&T State University
Soumyadeep Chatterjee University of Minnesota
Sloan Coats Columbia University
Kim Cobb Georgia Tech
Elliot Cohen University of Colorado, Denver
Emilie Dassié LDEO
Lindsey Dietz University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Steve Easterbrook University of Toronto
Imme Ebert-Uphoff Colorado State University
James Elsner Florida State University
Julien Emile-Geay University of Southern California
James Faghmous University of Minnesota
Gholamreza Fetanat North Carolina A&T State University
Qiang Fu University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Mary Fuka EnPhysica LLC
Jim Gattiker Los Alamos National Laboratory, Statistical Sciences
Jeffrey Gerard The Climate Corporation
Matt Heaton NCAR IMAGe
Abdollah Homaifar North Carolina A&T State University
James Hurrell NCAR NESL
Thomas Jagger Florida State University
Tony Jebara Columbia University
Steve Kim The Climate Corporation
Asanobu Kitamoto National Institute of Informatics
Arjun Kumar University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Vipin Kumar University of Minnesota
Upmanu Lall Columbia University
Alice Liang The Climate Corporation
Yan Liu University of Southern California
Zhong Liu CSISS/GMU and NASA GES DISC
Steven Mauget USDA-ARS
James McCreight NASA Ames
Seth McGinnis NCAR IMAGe
Amy McGovern University of Oklahoma
Nicholas McKay Northern Arizona University
Scott McQuade The George Washington University
Claire Monteleoni The George Washington University
Douglas Nychka NCAR IMAGe
Chandra Ojha Purdue University
Indrani Pal University of Colorado, Denver
Frank Selten Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
Karsten Shein NOAA National Climatic Data Center
Jason Smerdon Columbia University
Karsten Steinhaeuser University of Minnesota
Richard Strelitz Los Alamos National Laboratory
Ivan Sudakov University of Utah, Mathematics Department
Ranjini Swaminathan Texas Tech University
Diane Thompson University of Arizona
Suz Tolwinski-Ward NCAR IMAGe
Nathan Urban Los Alamos National Laboratory
Eugene Wahl NOAA's National Climatic Data Center - Paleo Branch
Wim Wiegerinck Radboud University, Netherlands
Dean Williams Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Tanja Zerenner University of Bonn

 

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


Location: Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room
Hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

Group Photo in front of NCAR
 
Vipin Kumar Vipin Kumar Audience, Thursday September 20
Poster display Poster display Poster display
Poster display Dean Williams Breakout session, Dean Williams
Breakout session on Data Dean Williams Poster spotlight - Chatterjee
Poster spotlight-Suz Tolwinski-Ward Poster spotlight - Lindsey Dietz Poster spotlight - Lindsey Dietz
Poster session and reception Poster session and reception Poster session and reception
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TRAVEL

Location:
NCAR Mesa Lab, http://www2.ucar.edu/campus/mesa-laboratory
1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305, Phone: 303-497-1000

Transportation from the airport:
For transportation from the Denver Airport (DEN), a fast and cheaper way to get to Boulder is by using the Supershuttle. They started offering a modest discount if you mention the NCAR1 code.
https://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=NCAR1 will take you to the Group Discount for NCAR. We welcome you to utilize this code with co-workers, family, friends& visitors. The Discount code is “NCAR1”& may be used independently of the link a tour website www.supershuttle.com, with our iPhone App & our 1-800-BLUE-VAN call centers.
Shared Ride SuperShuttle:
The discount offers a $5 one way discount& $10 round trip discount for our SuperShuttle Shared Ride Service. The discount is a “per person” discount.
The shuttle driver no longer will accept cash so you will need to make a reservation.

Lodging (2 options with workshop hotel blocks):
1. Best Western Golden Buff Lodge, www.goldenbufflodge.com
Group Name: Climate Informatics Workshop/NCAR
Group Number: 37418
Check in: 3PM
Check out: 11AM
1725 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301,   303.442.7450 Phone,   303.442.8788 Fax
Guests will have to call the hotel directly or email their request and refer to the group name and code. Hotel will provide complimentary breakfast. 

2. Millenium Hotel
1345 Twenty-Eighth Street, Boulder, CO 80302
http://www.millenniumhotels.com/boulder
Select Group Code, located under the Corp/Promo Code and use the following code: 1209CAROLY  
E-Mail:    Guests may e-mail their reservation request to millboulderres@mill-usa.com
Fax: Guests may fax their reservation request to (303) 442-3821 using the attached fax information page.
Telephone: Guests may call the hotel toll free at (800) 545-6285 and refer to the group code.

Transportation to the workshop:
Daily bus transportation from both hotels to the workshop and back will be provided.

Meals:
There are no restaurants nearby so it will be more convenient to eat at the cafeteria or bring your lunch. The cafeteria will take cash only, no credit cards, checks or traveler cheques. From the hotel the closest supermarkets are Safeway and Whole foods although there are plenty of eateries nearby (http://www.goldenbufflodge.com/attractions.html)

Things to do in Boulder:
Here is a website of things to do in Boulder. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water, and appropriate clothing as the nights can be chilly. It is easy to get dehydrated. Symptoms are headache and fatigue. Drink plenty of water, especially if you've come from sea level. In summer, Denver enjoys low relative humidity, making for beautiful, sun-filled days and cool, comfortable evenings.

http://www.bouldercoloradousa.com/things-to-do/

SPONSORS

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

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


Location: Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room
Hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

 RECORDED SESSIONS

 

ThursdayTime SlotPresenterTitleVideoNotes
  09:00 – 09:45 Jim Hurrell The Science of Global Climate Change MP4 Recording start at 24 seconds, no video of speaker until 33:58
  10:05 - 10:50 Tony Jebara Tutorial on Machine Learning MP4 Presentation (pdf)
  11:50 – 12:30 Amy McGovern Improving Our Understanding of the Formation of Tornadoes through Spatiotemporal Data Mining MP4 Presentation (pdf)
  01:30 – 02:10 Vipin Kumar Understanding Climate Change - A Data Driven Approach MP4 Presentation (pdf)
  03:30 - 04:10 Amy Braverman Statistical Perspective on Climate Informatics MP4 Presentation (pdf)
FridayTime SlotPresenterTitleVideoNotes
  09:00 – 09:40 Kim Cobb The Science of Global Climate Change MP4 Presentation (pdf)
  11:00 – 11:40 Steve Easterbrook A Comparative Study of the Construction of Global Climate Models MP4 -

REGISTRATION

Registration will be $20 for students and $50 for all other attendees.

To register please visit http://www.regonline.com/ci12

Hosted by NCAR
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 8:00am