20th Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science

Abstract Information

Abstracts are closed! The deadline was 8 September 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

Abstract Fee and Author Instructions

The 20th Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Environmental Science.


The American Meteorological Society’s 20th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (20AI) will be held at the 101st Annual Meeting, taking place from 10-14 January 2021 in New Orleans.  The theme for the 101st Annual Meeting is “strengthening engagement with communities through our science and service”.  If possible, we encourage participants to consider how their research and applications relate to this broader theme and tailor their submissions accordingly.


20AI will include a student competition for all oral presentations (open to undergraduate and graduate students), with prizes of $200 for first place, $150 for second place, $100 for third place, and $50 for honourable mention.  If you are a student and would like to enter the competition, please be sure to select this option when you submit your abstract on the AMS website.

Call for Papers

We are soliciting oral and poster presentations from both the research and operational communities on the following topics, as well as those that relate more generally to AI applications in atmospheric science.  If you feel that your abstract fits the general theme of AI applications in atmospheric science but does not fit any of the topics listed below, please submit to the session “General Abstracts for 20AI” and the program chairs will assign your presentation to the most appropriate session.  Note, AI traditionally has a number of joint sessions with other AMS conferences and these are listed after all of the 20AI sessions.


  • Artificial Intelligence for Feature Detection
  • Artificial Intelligence for Climate Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence Applied to Remote Sensing
  • AI, Ethics, and Inclusion for Geosciences

  • Deep-learning Applications for Environmental Science
  • Artificial Intelligence for High-impact Weather
  • Artificial Intelligence for Seasonal to Subseasonal (S2S) Prediction
  • Artificial Intelligence for Tropical Weather
  • Blending Artificial Intelligence with Numerical Weather and Climate Models
  • Artificial Intelligence in Radar Observations, Analysis, and Applications
  • Causal Discovery and Inference in Climate and Environmental Science
  • Open Datasets for Artificial-intelligence Research and Applications in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Nowcasting and Short-term Forecasting Applications Leveraging Artificial Intelligence

Joint Sessions

  • The Earth Prediction Innovation Center – Enabling a community-based approach to advance NWP
    • Joint with HPC, R2O, EIPT, and Python)
  • Using Artificial Intelligence to Exploit Satellite Earth Observations
    • Joint session with Satellite
  • Using High-performance Computing (HPC) to Accelerate Machine Learning
    • Joint session with HPC
  • Artificial-intelligence Applications for the Energy Industry
    • Joint session with Energy
  • Python Frameworks for Reproducible, Communicable Artificial-intelligence Workflows
    • Joint session with Python
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence to the Coastal Environment
    • Joint session with Coastal
  • Physical Interpretability in Machine Learning
    • Joint session with Probability and Statistics
  • Hybrid Machine-learning and Statistical Approaches
    • Joint session with Probability and Statistics
  • Who Determines the Forecast? The Changing Mix Between Human and Technology
    • Joint session with Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise
  • Machine-learning Approaches to Characterize Tropical Weather
    • Joint session with Tropical and Space Weather
  • The Future of Operational Meteorology: Leveraging Machine Learning to Enhance Decision-making and Decision Support
    • Joint session with Weather-ready Nation and Research to Operations
  • Machine-learning Applications for Atmospheric Chemistry
    • Joint session with Chemistry
  • The Earth Prediction Innovation Center – Enabling a community-based approach to advance Numerical Weather Prediction
    • Joint session with Environmental Information Processing Technologies, Transition of Research to Operations, Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python, and High Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate
  • Transitioning Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research to Operations
    • Joint with the 11th Conference on Transition of Research to Operations 

Student Award Opportunities

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Committee on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Environmental Science (AI Committee) is proud to present cash awards for outstanding student oral and poster presentations at the 2021 AI conference ($250 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, $50 honorable mention) which will be held 10 - 14 January 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The outstanding paper awards will be based on originality of research and quality of presentation delivery. Contenders for the award will have to: * be enrolled at a University (either at undergraduate or graduate level), * be the lead-author and personally make the presentation of their work, Students who wish to be considered for this prize should indicate so when submitting their abstract.

Conference Contacts

For additional information, please contact the program chairs: Amy McGovern (email: amcgovern@ou.edu), Ryan Lagerquist (email: ryan.lagerquist@ou.edu), and David John Gagne (email: dgagne@ucar.edu).