BIDS Research Affiliate Charuleka Varadharajan leads Berkeley Lab’s new program in Earth AI & Data.
Launched in December 2021 as part of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), the new program will work across both Climate and Ecosystems Sciences and Energy Geosciences Divisions to focus on research that makes use of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data sciences, and data management to advance state-of-the-art Earth science observations, modeling and theory. The program will cover diverse activities that include data-driven and hybrid ML-physics models; data mining and statistical analysis; technologies for data archiving, reuse, processing, synthesis and visualization; autonomous observations enabled by sensors, edge computing, 5G and wireless networking; and co-design of models and observations.
“The Earth sciences generate highly diverse data from long-term monitoring networks, remote sensing satellites and drones, integrated field observatories, lab experiments and model simulations. This new program was initiated in recognition that data sciences has huge potential to transform climate, energy, and environmental sciences, and enable impactful solutions for important societal problems,“ says Varadharajan. “Our current plans include topic areas of AI/ML, enhanced next generation observations, data management services and cyberinfrastructure. We would like to build interdisciplinary teams that bring together researchers from our Earth science domains with computational scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to advance our capabilities”
The scope and activities of this new program will continue to evolve in 2022, and collaborations with the BIDS community are welcome. Please contact Charuleka Varadharajan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or proposals for collaboration.