NATIONAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) INITIATIVE
NCAR will collaborate with the University of Oklahoma and other leading institutions on the new National Science Foundation (NSF) AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography. NSF announced an investment of more than $100 million to establish this institute and six others, the result of a national competition to support research and education hubs at U.S. colleges and universities.
NCAR will focus on conducting AI and risk communication research to better understand the Earth system and advance forecasts in ways that are most useful for helping society manage hazardous weather risks. The center is already using AI techniques to develop new insights into hailstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, as well as to improve prediction systems for renewable energy.
"The goal is not just forecast accuracy, but better outcomes in terms of enhanced warning systems that save lives and property," said David John Gagne, NCAR/CISL scientist.