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

Happening Now

The 3rd NOAA Workshop on Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences

13–17 September 2021, Virtual

Dr. Imme Ebert-Uphoff will present “Guide to Custom Loss Functions for Neural Networks in Environmental Sciences” on September 14 • 2:30 PM- 3:45 PM (UTC -6)  as part of Session 5A: Tools and Datasets – Part 1

See all the presentations and posters by AI2ES team members here

News & Information

NOAA AI Workshop Supported by AI2ES Members

Sep 10, 2021

Focus: Transforming weather, climate services, and the Blue Economy with artificial intelligence The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s virtual workshop features many presentations, posters, and other participation by members

Del Mar College Creates AI Certificate Program

Apr 14, 2021

First community college in the U.S. to offer AI program Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas (U.S.) will offer the first course in it’s new AI Level 1 Certificate

WSJ Reports on AI2ES Institute’s Weather Forecasting

Apr 05, 2021

Using AI to predict weather hazards faster and more accurately The Wall Street Journal’s Technology section brought the AI2ES Institute and Dr. Amy McGovern’s work there to the attention of

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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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NSF Investment

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.

NSF Vision

“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.