NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography (AI2ES)

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AI2ES Vision

The vision of AI2ES is to create trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods for diverse environmental science (ES) users that will revolutionize our understanding and prediction of high-impact atmospheric and ocean science phenomena and create new educational pathways to develop a more diverse AI and environmental science workforce.

The Need for AI2ES

Changes in weather patterns, oceans, sea level rise, and disaster risk amplify the need for accelerated AI research in the environmental sciences. AI2ES is a convergent, multi-sector NSF Trustworthy AI institute led by the University of Oklahoma that brings together researchers in AI, atmospheric science, ocean science, and risk communication.

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National Science Foundation

The U.S. National Science Foundation has invested over $100 million to establish five NSF AI Institutes. These are the result of a national competition to support research and education hubs at US colleges/universities. The institutes will collaborate with industry and government to advance the frontiers of AI as well as a range of science and engineering disciplines and societal sectors that stand to benefit from AI innovation.

AI2ES is an inaugural NSF AI Institute

National Investment

“Recognizing the critical role of AI, NSF is investing in collaborative research and education hubs, such as the NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography, anchored at the University of Oklahoma, which will bring together academia, industry and government to unearth profound discoveries and develop new capabilities advancing American competitiveness for decades to come,” said NSF director Sethuraman Panchanathan.


Convergent Multi-Sector Partnership


AI2ES is led by the University of Oklahoma.  Other academic partners are Colorado State University, the University at Albany, the University of Washington, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Del Mar College (Corpus Christi).

Private Industry

AI2ES private industry partners include Google, IBM, NVIDIA, and Disaster Tech.

Government and Federally Funded Labs

AI2ES actively partners with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

News & Information

Dr. Randy Chase joins AI2ES as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at OU

Jan 08, 2021

Dr. Randy Chase joins AI2ES as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at OU Dr. Randy Chase will be joining AI2ES as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate based at the University of Oklahoma. He will begin on January 19th. His Ph.D. work applied neural networks to create a novel radar remote sensing retrieval for the Global Precipitation Measurement […]

University of Massachusetts – Amherst Recognizes Dr. McGovern’s Award

Dec 17, 2020

Online kudos The University of Massachusetts – Amherst’s College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) recognized the achievement of alumna Amy McGovern MS’98, PhD’02 in an online article about the AI2ES Center. Read the article. Dr. Amy McGovern  

NSF Funds New AI Centers

Oct 13, 2020

Investment in cutting-edge science The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded funding for the AI Center For Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography. This new Center, based at the University of Oklahoma,  is part of NSF’s national investment to “accelerate research, expand America’s workforce, and transform society in the decades to […]