38th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies

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The 38th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Board on Environmental Information Processing Technologies.

Call for Papers

Papers for the 38th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies are solicited on the following:

  1. Cloud Computing for Big Data in Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate (Joint with 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science, 12th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python, and  the Eighth Symposium on High Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate) 

    • Weather imposes constraints on human activity. As a consequence, most decision-makers/planners seek awareness to mitigate or eliminate weather impacts.  As datasets become larger and larger, new and improved tools to work with Big Data are critical.  This session welcomes contributions from research fields such as scientific visualization, information visualization or visual analytics that are applicable to large data sets from climatology, meteorology or related disciplines.  Presentations on using cloud computing for analyzing satellite and model data for weather, ocean, or climate relevant applications will also be welcomed. 

    • This session will showcase solutions for analyzing and processing data from satellites such as GOES-16, GOES-17, Himawari-8, NOAA-20, and NPP while utilizing cloud computing. The NOAA Big Data Program has published years of satellite data into the cloud where it is co-located next to compute resources. Processing of this data can now happen in near real time with push notifications upon arrival of new data or over the entire period of record for satellite reanalysis.

  2. Developing Cloud-based Tools for Data Analysis and Archiving  (Joint with 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science, 12th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python, and  the Eighth Symposium on High Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate) 
    • Cloud-based technologies continue to evolve and mature in their use and application. This session will delve into the growing use of cloud hosting solutions applied to benefit the environmental sciences and specifically applications for data analysis, visualization and archiving of  environmental information. This session encourages submissions on these topics, focusing on how submitters are incorporating cloud-based applications into their work, what they have done, and what advantages this approach has provided to their efforts.
  3. FAIR and Open Data and Software within the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences to Support  Replicable Research and Reusable Tools for Climate Analysis  (Joint with 25th Conference of  Atmospheric Librarians International and the 12th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python)
    • The need to understand linkages between climatic extremes and security outcomes such as displacement/migration, public health, and food/electricity production has never been higher. Analysis of these linkages requires integration of the Earth, social, economic, and political sciences.   In this session, we invite submissions that discuss projects, initiatives, and ideas that advance community understanding and build upon the principles of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) Open Data and Software within the atmospheric and related sciences. We welcome technical, policy, and community-focused submissions on a range of topics related to facilitating transparency and reproducibility of science, including: data and software discoverability, metadata creation and management, data and metadata formats, provenance tracking, distribution and storage, and other relevant topics.  Platforms for reproducible research and reusable tools will accelerate the analytics enterprise and build the salience, credibility, and legitimacy required to effectively inform policy. This session will highlight emerging open-science tools and platforms for climate-security analysis.
  4. Meeting Data Stewardships Needs for Heterogeneous Earth and Atmospheric Science Data via the Exploitation of Emerging Technologies   (Joint with 25th Conference of Atmospheric Librarians International and the 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science)
    • One of the primary enablers for achieving Environmental Security is the smart and rational integration of environmental intelligence into all aspects of social, economic, political, and science-based decision making. The volume of relevant environmental data and information is growing rapidly, making the extraction of actionable environment intelligence more challenging by the minute. Effective science data stewardship can help ensure that basis of environmental intelligence, scientifically validated environmental data products and services, are efficiently generated, made easily discoverable and accessible and can be effectively integrated into the decision rubrics of our most pressing societal challenges.
    • Advances in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and nanotechnology offer great potential in improving the ability of organizations and individual practitioners to implement fully the tenants of science data stewardship across the entire data lifecycle.  The intent of this session is to provide a forum for discussing data stewardship and management best practices for heterogeneous Earth and atmospheric science data. This session seeks submissions that highlight efforts to develop flexible data management plans; to more accurately describe data via metadata and data formats; to more consistently and thoroughly document data methods and quality; and to make data more openly accessible and discoverable.  This session is designed to bring together science data stewardship developers and practitioners so that they can share their ideas, requirements, lessons learned and innovations as a step forward in the continuing evolution of the community of practice as it seeks to leverage several relevant emerging technologies.
  5. Life on the Edge: edge computing and the Internet of Things for environmental information processing (Joint with the 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science)
    • With the increasing use of constellations of sensors and more and more observations being processed at the point of collection, this session explores the use of the Internet of Things to gather data and edge computing to process data. An example of this kind of technology is the Smart Great Lakes project (https://www.glos.us/smartgreatlakes/) . Topics in this session might include: the deployment of IoT sensors for the collection of environmental data, techniques for processing data at the point of collection, integrating new data sources with existing data architectures, AI and the use of IoT sensors, the use of the cloud to gather and disseminate data, and information ecosystems based on smart technologies.
  6. Applying GIS Techniques to Analyze and Communicate Weather and Climate Impacts
    • GIS technology gives the user almost limitless potential to gather, analyze, and contextualize data from different sectors to provide insight into weather and climate patterns and impacts. This session will focus on two areas: 1) using local and cloud-based tools for the analysis; 2) sharing those analyses in using Python notebooks or web applications to engage our communities.
  7. AWIPS System Updates
    • This session consists of oral presentations on the status of AWIPS development, implementation and use. Development organizations are encouraged to present the status of their own work as it applies to the overall program. We would also like to invite presentations from the user point of view.
  8. EIPT Posters
    • Posters from all EIPT topic areas.
  9. Interagency Coordination within the Federal Weather Enterprise
    • Federal government agencies active in meteorological services and supporting research have worked together for decades using existing programs, projects and coordination mechanisms which involve multiple government agencies, and aim to increase overall effectiveness within the Federal Weather Enterprise.
    • This session will begin with a description of the new Interagency Council for the Advancement of Meteorological Services (ICAMS), the first significant reorganization of the Federal meteorological enterprise since the 1960s.  A 10-year charter established ICAMS as the formal mechanism by which all relevant Federal departments and agencies coordinate implementation of policy and practices to ensure U.S. global leadership in the meteorological services enterprise, from local weather to global climate. In doing so, ICAMS improves coordination, as mandated by the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017.  This session will focus on furthering and expanding the work that has been done over the years to integrate a whole of government approach to Federal Weather Enterprise and Non-Federal partners,  leveraging organizations across the Nation to institute end to end processes to advance weather services, and how broader ICAMS coordination to advance meteorological services is relevant to this.
  10. International Hazards - What's the risk?
    • This session invites presentations that explore how the environmental science and data capabilities at our disposal are being integrated with multi-sectorial datasets (e.g. civil protection, health, transport, energy, communications etc.) and translated into the next generation of multi-hazard impact-based risk assessments, forecasts and warnings.
  11. Services Update for Weather Agencies
    • This session allows federal agencies with weather-related activities and missions to present the current state of their operations and development. Priority will be given to authors contacted by the Conference Committee. 
  12. Weather and Roads - Safety and Mobility for a More Secure World

    • This session is focused on the impacts of weather and climate hazards on the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of surface transportation networks and infrastructure. As weather, water, and climate grow in influence on the security of our communities, so too these influences grow in the security of our transportation infrastructure via impacts on safety, mobility, supply chain, and beyond.

Joint Sessions

  1. Radar Technologies and Applications (Joint with the Symposium on radar Science in the Service of Earth System Predictabilty)
    • These sessions are devoted to current and next generation weather radars, with emphasis on radar meteorology science, weather radar applications, weather radar signal processing, weather radar prototype developments, experimental weather radar data collections, and essentially all radar meteorological algorithms. Presentations about advanced radar technologies, including phased array radars, polarimetry, multi-function scan strategies, retrieval algorithms, signal processing for clutter rejection, etc. will be a focus of these sessions.
  2. Advanced Products and Technologies That Can Be Used Now and Their Path to Quasi-operational or Sustained Operations: The View From The Dry and The Wet Side  (Joint with 12th Conference on Transition of Research to Operations) 
    • This session aims to bring attention to those applications, technologies, or techniques that are well advanced with respect to the Technology Readiness Level continuum. These applications, technologies, or techniques have not yet been made officially operational by organizations such as the National Weather Service or the National Ocean Service, but are being produced regularly in an "operational like" manner and made available as a sustained service for general use.

Conference Contacts

For additional information, please contact the program chairs: Scott Jacobs ([email protected]) and Tiffany Vance ([email protected]).