Focus Period Linköping 2024

Machine Learning for Climate Science

September 23 – October 25, 2024

Climate change is a complex and urgent problem that requires accurate and reliable models of the Earth’s climate systems. These models can help us understand the causes and consequences of climate change, and to evaluate the effectiveness of different policies and actions. Traditionally, mechanistic models have been used for this purpose. However, the Earth’s climate systems are extremely complex and these models are inevitably oversimplifying. For many highly critical use cases, in particular involving local events such as accurately predicting flooding, heatwaves, and storm surges, existing models need to be improved. At the same time, today we have access to a plethora of data from multiple dense networks of ground-based monitoring stations as well as both passively and actively remote-sensed data from drones, aircraft, and satellites. We are therefore seeing and increasing interest in using machine learning for improving and complementing the traditional modeling approaches. Machine learning can help us discover new patterns and relationships in the data, improve the accuracy and speed of the simulations, and result in better uncertainty quantification.

The purpose of this focus period is to bring together researchers who share an interest in machine learning for climate science in general, and machine-learning-augmented modeling and analysis of climate and weather systems in particular, to lay the foundation for novel research on how machine learning can be used to address critical problems in climate science currently lacking satisfactory solutions.

The focus period will run in Linköping between September 23 and October 25, 2024. A number of international scholars interested in these research challenges will be invited to participate, and to interact with leading scientists as well as ELLIIT researchers. In the third week (October 8-10) we will have a 3-day symposium, with several invited top-level researchers.

Invited Speakers

The main event of the focus period is a three-day symposium between the 8 – 10 of October, to which some of the leading researchers within the focus period subject are invited. In their presentations, they provide a comprehensive overview of the field and their respective research, and point out key research challenges and opportunities.

The list of confirmed speakers will be updated continuously.

David Bastviken, Linköping University (Sweden)
Nuno Carvalhais, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (Germany)
Mariana Clare, ECMWF (Germany)
Marc Deisenroth, University College London (UK)
Ramon Fuentes Franco, SMHI (Sweden)
Markus Heinonen, Aalto (Finland)
Amy Loutfi, Örebro University (Sweden)
Mengqian Lu, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Ilaria Luise, CERN (Switzerland)
Peer Nowack, KIT (Germany)
Ribana Roscher, University of Bonn (Germany)
Hanno Scharr, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)
Tina Schmid Neset, Linköping University (Sweden)

Scientific committee

The scientific committee consists of internationally renowned researchers, active within the topic of the focus period. The committee members, in collaboration with the organizers, suggest speakers for the symposium, and visiting scholars for the focus periods. The majority of the members of the scientific committee also contribute to the event as speakers during the symposium.

Almut Arneth, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
Gustau Camps-Valls, University of Valencia (Spain)
Marc Deisenroth, University College London (UK)
Ramon Fuentes Franco, SMHI (Sweden)
Paul Miller, Lund University (Sweden)
Shakir Mohamed, DeepMind (UK)
Ribana Roscher, University of Bonn (Germany)
Tina Schmid Neset, Linköping University (Sweden)
Gunilla Svensson, Stockholm University (Sweden)
Thordis L. Thorarinsdottir, Norwegian Computing Center/University of Oslo (Norway)

Organizing committee

The organizing committee consists of researchers from the ELLIIT institutions and administrators. Their role is to appoint the scientific committee, select speakers and visiting scholars, plan the focus period activities, and serve as hosts during the event.

Fredrik Lindsten, Linköping University
Michael Felsberg, Linköping University
Natascha Kljun, Lund University
Johan Lindström, Lund University
Tove Kvarnström, Linköping University
Karin Oldbring, Linköping University

Tove Kvarnström

Focus Period Coordinator

Linköping University

tove.kvarnstrom@liu.se

+4613281975

Karin Oldbring

Local Administrator

Linköping University

karin.oldbring@liu.se

+4613282992