Elizabeth Barnes

(Colorado State University)

Viewing Climate Signals through an AI Lens

When Sep 30, 2020
from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
Where To be held via Zoom, see below for links
Contact Name Melissa Gervais
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Elizabeth Barnes CSU

Viewing Climate Signals through an AI Lens

This seminar has been recorded and can be seen HERE

Elizabeth A. Barnes, Associate Professor, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, CSU, Fort Collins, USA

Abstract: Much of climate science is viewed as a signal-to-noise problem and the field has many statistical methods for extracting the signal of interest. Here, we argue that artificial neural networks (ANNs) are an additional useful tool for the “climate toolbox”. As an example, we demonstrate their utility for extracting forced climate patterns from model simulations and observations whereby the ANN identifies patterns that are complex, non-linear combinations of signal and noise. While neural networks are often viewed as black boxes, we further demonstrate how to visualize what the network has learned using recent advances in visualization tools within the computer science community. This approach suggests that viewing climate patterns through an AI lens has the power to uncover new insights into climate variability and change.

This talk is presented as a Zoom Webinar and requires a passcode. For anyone outside the department; If you would like to attend, email ggk2@psu.edu

  • Topic: Elizabeth Barnes Colloquium
  • Date: Sep 30, 2020
  • Time: 3:30-4:30 PM, Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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