NeurIPS 2022 Workshop: Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning
Many in the ML community wish to take action on climate change, but are unsure of the pathways through which they can have the most impact. This workshop highlights work that demonstrates that, while no silver bullet, ML can be an invaluable tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in helping society adapt to the effects of climate change. Climate change is a complex problem, for which action takes many forms - from theoretical advances to deployment of new technology. Many of these actions represent high-impact opportunities for real-world change, and are simultaneously interesting academic research problems.
This workshop was held as part of the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), one of the premier conferences on machine learning, which draws a wide audience of researchers and practitioners in academia, industry, and related fields. For this iteration of the workshop, the keynote talks and panel discussions were particularly focused on exploring the theme of climate change-informed metrics for AI, focusing both on (a) the domain-specific metrics by which AI systems should be evaluated when used as a tool for climate action, and (b) the climate change-related implications of using AI more broadly.
CCAI has partnered with the journal for Environmental Data Science (EDS) to release a special issue with submissions focused on climate-relevant applications of machine learning. The application, which is currently accepting submissions, is open to anyone and closes January 30th. Please refer to the webpage EDS has dedicated to this special issue for details on submitting your application. Reach out to climatechangeai.neurips2022+EDS@gmail.com with any questions!
About the Workshop
The main workshop took place on December 9. The schedule is available below, with links to papers, videos, and slides.
Works were submitted to one of three tracks: Papers, Proposals, or Tutorials.
Click the links below for information about each submission, including slides, videos, and papers.
|(1) Function Approximations for Reinforcement Learning Controller for Wave Energy Converters||Soumyendu Sarkar (Hewlett Packard Enterprise); Vineet Gundecha (Hewlett Packard Enterpise); Alexander Shmakov (UC Irvine); Sahand Ghorbanpour (Hewlett Packard Enterprise); Ashwin Ramesh Babu (Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs); Alexandre Pichard (Carnegie Clean Energy); Mathieu Cocho (Carnegie Clean Energy)|
|(2) Image-Based Soil Organic Carbon Estimation from Multispectral Satellite Images with Fourier Neural Operator and Structural Similarity||Ken C. L. Wong (IBM Research – Almaden Research Center); Levente Klein (IBM Research); Ademir Ferreira da Silva (IBM Research); Hongzhi Wang (IBM Almaden Research Center); Jitendra Singh (IBM Research - India); Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood (IBM Research)|
|(3) SolarDK: A high-resolution urban solar panel image classification and localization dataset||Maxim MK Khomiakov (DTU); Julius Radzikowski (DTU); Carl Schmidt (DTU); Mathias Sørensen (DTU); Mads Andersen (DTU); Michael Andersen (Technical University of Denmark); Jes Frellsen (Technical University of Denmark)|
|(4) Bayesian inference for aerosol vertical profiles||Shahine Bouabid (University of Oxford); Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford); Dino Sejdinovic (University of Adelaide)|
|(5) Optimizing toward efficiency for SAR image ship detection||Arthur Van Meerbeeck (KULeuven); Ruben Cartuyvels (KULeuven); Jordy Van Landeghem (KULeuven); Sien Moens (KU Leuven)|
|(6) AutoML-based Almond Yield Prediction and Projection in California||Shiheng Duan (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory); Shuaiqi Wu (University of California, Davis); Erwan Monier (University of California, Davis); Paul Ullrich (University of California, Davis)|
|(7) Attention-Based Scattering Network for Satellite Imagery||Jason Stock (Colorado State University); Charles Anderson (Colorado State University)|
|(8) Discovering Interpretable Structural Model Errors in Climate Models||Rambod Mojgani (Rice University); Ashesh K Chattopadhyay (Rice University); Pedram Hassanzadeh (Rice University)|
|(9) Aboveground carbon biomass estimate with Physics-informed deep network||Juan Nathaniel (Columbia University); Levente Klein (IBM Research); Campbell D Watson (IBM Reserch); Gabrielle Nyirjesy (Columbia University); Conrad M Albrecht (IBM Research)|
|(10) Improving the predictions of ML-corrected climate models with novelty detection||Clayton H Sanford (Columbia); Anna Kwa (Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence); Oliver Watt-Meyer (Allen Institute for AI); Spencer Clark (Allen Institute for AI); Noah Brenowitz (Allen Institute for AI); Jeremy McGibbon (Allen Institute for AI); Christopher Bretherton (Allen Institute for AI)|
|(11) Levee protected area detection for improved flood risk assessment in global hydrology models||Masato Ikegawa (Kobe University); Tristan E.M Hascoet (Kobe University); Victor Pellet (Observatoire de Paris); Xudong Zhou (The University of Tokyo); Tetsuya Takiguchi (Kobe University); Dai Yamazaki (The University of Tokyo)|
|(12) Scene-to-Patch Earth Observation: Multiple Instance Learning for Land Cover Classification||Joseph Early (University of Southampton); Ying-Jung C Deweese (Georgia Insititute of Technology); Christine Evers (University of Southampton); Sarvapali Ramchurn (University of Southampton)|
|(13) Deep learning for downscaling tropical cyclone rainfall||Emily Vosper (University of Bristol); Lucy Harris (University of Oxford); Andrew McRae (University of Oxford); Laurence Aitchison (University of Bristol); Peter Watson (Bristol); Raul Santos Rodriguez (University of Bristol); Dann Mitchell (University of Bristol)|
|(14) Short-term Prediction and Filtering of Solar Power Using State-Space Gaussian Processes||So Takao (UCL); Sean Nassimiha (UCL); Peter Dudfield (Open Climate Fix); Jack Kelly (Open Climate Fix); Marc Deisenroth (University College London)|
|(15) Identifying latent climate signals using sparse hierarchical Gaussian processes||Matt Amos (Lancaster University); Thomas Pinder (Lancaster University); Paul Young (Lancaster University)|
|(16) Towards dynamical stability analysis of sustainable power grids using Graph Neural Networks||Christian Nauck (PIK); Michael Lindner (PIK); Konstantin Schürholt (University of St. Gallen); Frank Hellmann (PIK)|
|(17) Detecting Methane Plumes using PRISMA: Deep Learning Model and Data Augmentation||Alexis Groshenry (Kayrros); Clément Giron (Kayrros); Alexandre d'Aspremont (CNRS, DI, Ecole Normale Supérieure; Kayrros); Thomas Lauvaux (University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, GSMA, UMR 7331); Thibaud Ehret (Centre Borelli)|
|(18) Probabilistic forecasting of regional photovoltaic power production based on satellite-derived cloud motion||Alberto Carpentieri (Bern University of Applied Science); Doris Folini (Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich); Martin Wild (Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich); Angela Meyer (Bern University of Applied Science)|
|(19) Robustifying machine-learned algorithms for efficient grid operation||Nicolas Christianson (California Institute of Technology); Christopher Yeh (California Institute of Technology); Tongxin Li (The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen)); Mahdi Torabi Rad (Beyond Limits); Azarang Golmohammadi (Beyond Limits, Inc.); Adam Wierman (California Institute of Technology)|
|(20) Deep Hydrology: Hourly, Gap-Free Flood Maps Through Joint Satellite and Hydrologic Modelling||Tanya Nair (Cloud To Street); Veda Sunkara (Cloud to Street); Jonathan Frame (Cloud to Street); Philip Popien (Cloud to Street); Subit Chakrabarti (Cloud To Street)|
|(21) Machine learning emulation of a local-scale UK climate model||Henry Addison (University of Bristol); Elizabeth Kendon (Met Office Hadley Centre); Suman Ravuri (DeepMind); Laurence Aitchison (University of Bristol); Peter Watson (Bristol)|
|(22) Bridging the Microwave Data Gap; Using Bayesian Deep Learning to “See” the Unseen||Pedro Ortiz (Naval Postgraduate School); Eleanor Casas (Naval Postgraduate School); Marko Orescanin (Naval Postgraduate School); Scott Powell (Naval Postgraduate School)|
|(23) Learning evapotranspiration dataset corrections from water cycle closure supervision||Tristan E.M Hascoet (Kobe University); Victor Pellet (LERMA); Filipe Aires (LERMA)|
|(24) Convolutional Neural Processes for Inpainting Satellite Images: Application to Water Body Segmentation||Alexander Pondaven (Imperial College London); Mart Bakler (Imperial College London); Donghu Guo (Imperial College London); Hamzah Hashim (Imperial College London); Martin G Ignatov (Imperial college London); Samir Bhatt (Imperial College London); Seth Flaxman (Oxford); Swapnil Mishra (Imperial College London); Elie Alhajjar (USMA); Harrison Zhu (Imperial College London)|
|(25) A POMDP Model for Safe Geological Carbon Sequestration||Anthony Corso (Stanford University); Yizheng Wang (Stanford Univerity); Markus Zechner (Stanford University); Jef Caers (Stanford University); Mykel J Kochenderfer (Stanford University)|
|(26) Optimizing Japanese dam reservoir inflow forecast for efficient operation||Keisuke Yoshimi (Kobe University); Tristan E.M Hascoet (Kobe University); Rousslan F. Julien Dossa (Kobe University); Ryoichi Takashima (Kobe University); Tetsuya Takiguchi (Kobe University); Satoru Oishi (Kobe University)|
|(27) Deep Climate Change: A Dataset and Adaptive domain pre-trained Language Models for Climate Change Related Tasks||Saeid Vaghefi (University of Zürich); Veruska Muccione (University of Zürich); Christian Huggel (University of Zürich); Hamed Khashehchi (2w2e GmbH); Markus Leippold (University of Zurich)|
|(28) Data-Driven Optimal Solver for Coordinating a Sustainable and Stable Power Grid||Junfei Wang (York University); Pirathayini Srikantha (York University)|
|(29) Don't Waste Data: Transfer Learning to Leverage All Data for Machine-Learnt Climate Model Emulation||Raghul Parthipan (University of Cambridge); Damon Wischik (Univeristy of Cambridge)|
|(30) Explainable Multi-Agent Recommendation System for Energy-Efficient Decision Support in Smart Homes||Alona Zharova (Humboldt University of Berlin); Annika Boer (Humboldt University of Berlin); Julia Knoblauch (Humboldt University of Berlin); Kai Ingo Schewina (Humboldt University of Berlin); Jana Vihs (Humboldt University of Berlin)|
|(31) FIRO: A Deep-neural Network for Wildfire Forecast with Interpretable Hidden States||Eduardo R Rodrigues (MSR); Campbell D Watson (IBM Reserch); Bianca Zadrozny (IBM Research); Gabrielle Nyirjesy (Columbia University)|
|(32) Towards a spatially transferable super resolution model for downscaling Antarctic surface melt||Zhongyang Hu (IMAU); Yao Sun (TUM); Peter Kuipers Munneke (IMAU); Stef Lhermitte (TU Delft); Xiaoxiang Zhu (Technical University of Munich,Germany)|
|(33) Forecasting European Ozone Air Pollution With Transformers||Seb Hickman (University of Cambridge); Paul Griffiths (University of Cambridge); Alex Archibald (University of Cambridge); Peer Nowack (Imperial College London); Elie Alhajjar (USMA)|
|(34) Stability Constrained Reinforcement Learning for Real-Time Voltage Control||Jie Feng (UCSD); Yuanyuan Shi (University of California San Diego); Guannan Qu (Carnegie Mellon University); Steven Low (California Institute of Technology); Animashree Anandkumar (Caltech); Adam Wierman (California Institute of Technology)|
|(35) Land Use Prediction using Electro-Optical to SAR Few-Shot Transfer Learning||Marcel Hussing (University of Pennsylvania); Karen Li (University of Pennsylvania); Eric Eaton (University of Pennsylvania)|
|(36) Exploring Randomly Wired Neural Networks for Climate Model Emulation||William J Yik (Harvey Mudd College); Sam J Silva (The University of Southern California); Andrew Geiss (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory); Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford)|
|(37) Closing the Domain Gap -- Blended Synthetic Imagery for Climate Object Detection||Caleb Kornfein (Duke University); Frank Willard (Duke University); Caroline Tang (Duke University); Yuxi Long (Duke University); Saksham Jain (Duke University); Jordan Malof (Duke University); Simiao Ren (Duke University); Kyle Bradbury (Duke University)|
|(38) SustainGym: A Benchmark Suite of Reinforcement Learning for Sustainability Applications||Christopher Yeh (California Institute of Technology); Victor Li (California Institute of Technology); Rajeev Datta (California Institute of Technology); Yisong Yue (Caltech); Adam Wierman (California Institute of Technology)|
|(39) Remote estimation of geologic composition using interferometric synthetic-aperture radar in California’s Central Valley||Kyongsik Yun (California Institute of Technology); Kyra Adams (California Institute of Technology); John Reager (California Institute of Technology); Zhen Liu (California Institute of Technology); Caitlyn Chavez (California Institute of Technology); Michael Turmon (California Institute of Technology); Thomas Lu (California Institute of Technology)|
|(40) AutoML for Climate Change: A Call to Action||Renbo Tu (University of Toronto); Nicholas Roberts (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Vishak Prasad C (Indian Institute Of Technology, Bombay); Sibasis Nayak (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay); Paarth Jain (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay); Frederic Sala (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Ganesh Ramakrishnan (IIT Bombay); Ameet Talwalkar (CMU); Willie Neiswanger (Stanford University); Colin White (Abacus.AI)|
|(41) Temperature impacts on hate speech online: evidence from four billion tweets||Annika Stechemesser (Potsdam Insitute for Climate Impact Research); Anders Levermann (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research); Leonie Wenz (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)|
|(42) Cross Modal Distillation for Flood Extent Mapping||Shubhika Garg (Google); Ben Feinstein (Google); Shahar Timnat (Google); Vishal V Batchu (Google); gideon dror (The Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo); Adi Gerzi Rosenthal (Google); Varun Gulshan (Google Research)|
|(43) Transformer Neural Networks for Building Load Forecasting||Matthias Hertel (KIT); Simon Ott (KIT); Oliver Neumann (KIT); Benjamin Schäfer (KIT); Ralf Mikut (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology); Veit Hagenmeyer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))|
|(44) Estimating Chicago’s tree cover and canopy height using multi-spectral satellite imagery||John Francis (University College London)|
|(45) Reconstruction of Grid Measurements in the Presence of Adversarial Attacks||Amirmohammad Naeini (York University); Samer El Kababji (Western University); Pirathayini Srikantha (York University)|
|(46) Heat Demand Forecasting with Multi-Resolutional Representation of Heterogeneous Temporal Ensemble||Satyaki Chatterjee (Pattern Recognition Lab, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg); Adithya Ramachandran (Pattern Recognition Lab, Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen); Thorkil Flensmark Neergaard (Brønderslev Forsyning A/S); Andreas K Maier (Pattern Recognition Lab, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg); Siming Bayer (Pattern Recognition Lab, Friedrich-Alexander University)|
|(47) Generalized Ice Detection on Wind Turbine Rotor Blades with Neural Style Transfer||Joyjit Chatterjee (University of Hull); Maria Teresa Alvela Nieto (University of Bremen); Hannes Gelbhardt (University of Bremen); Nina Dethlefs (University of Hull); Jan Ohlendorf (University of Bremen); Klaus-Dieter Thoben (University of Bremen)|
|(48) Identifying Compound Climate Drivers of Forest Mortality with β-VAE||Mohit Anand (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ); Lily-belle Sweet (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ); Gustau Camps-Valls (Universitat de València); Jakob Zscheischler (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ)|
|(49) TCFD-NLP: Assessing alignment of climate disclosures using NLP for the financial markets||Rylen Sampson (Manifest Climate); Aysha Cotterill (Manifest Climate); Quoc Tien Au (Manifest Climate)|
|(50) Deep Learning for Rapid Landslide Detection using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Datacubes||Vanessa Boehm (UC Berkeley); Wei Ji Leong (The Ohio State University); Ragini Bal Mahesh (German Aerospace Center DLR); Ioannis Prapas (National Observatory of Athens); Siddha Ganju (Nvidia); Freddie Kalaitzis (University of Oxford); Edoardo Nemni (United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT)); Raul Ramos-Pollan (Universidad de Antioquia)|
|(51) Hybrid Recurrent Neural Network for Drought Monitoring||Mengxue Zhang (Universitat de València); Miguel-Ángel Fernández-Torres (Universitat de València); Gustau Camps-Valls (Universitat de València)|
|(52) Deep Learning for Global Wildfire Forecasting||Ioannis Prapas (National Observatory of Athens); Akanksha Ahuja (NOA); Spyros Kondylatos (National Observatory of Athens); Ilektra Karasante (National Observatory of Athens); Lazaro Alonso (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry); Eleanna Panagiotou (Harokopio University of Athens); Charalampos Davalas (Harokopio University of Athens); Dimitrios Michail (Harokopio University of Athens); Nuno Carvalhais (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry); Ioannis Papoutsis (National Observatory of Athens)|
|(53) Causal Modeling of Soil Processes for Improved Generalization||Somya Sharma (U. Minnesota); Swati Sharma (Microsoft Research); Emre Kiciman (Microsoft Research); Andy Neal (Rothamstead); Ranveer Chandra (Microsoft Research); John Crawford (University of Glasgow); Sara Malvar (Microsoft); Eduardo R Rodrigues (MSR)|
|(54) Machine Learning for Activity-Based Road Transportation Emissions Estimation||Derek Rollend (JHU); Kevin Foster (JHU); Tomek Kott (JHU); Rohita Mocharla (JHU); Rodrigo Rene Rai Munoz Abujder (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory); Neil Fendley (JHU/APL); Chace Ashcraft (JHU/APL); Frank Willard (JHU); Marisa Hughes (JHU)|
|(55) Bayesian State-Space SCM for Deforestation Baseline Estimation for Forest Carbon Credit Best Paper: Pathway to Impact||Keisuke Takahata (sustainacraft, Inc.); Hiroshi Suetsugu (sustainacraft, Inc.); Keiichi Fukaya (National Institute for Environmental Studies); Shinichiro Shirota (Hitotsubashi University)|
|(56) Estimating Corporate Scope 1 Emissions Using Tree-Based Machine Learning Methods||Elham Kheradmand (University of Montreal); Maida Hadziosmanovic (Concordia University); Nazim Benguettat (Concordia); H. Damon Matthews (Concordia University); Shannon M. Lloyd (Concordia University)|
|(57) Analyzing Micro-Level Rebound Effects of Energy Efficient Technologies||Mayank Jain (University College Dublin); Mukta Jain (Delhi School of Economics); Tarek T. Alskaif (Wageningen University); Soumyabrata Dev (University College Dublin)|
|(58) Comparing the carbon costs and benefits of low-resource solar nowcasting||Ben Dixon (UCL); Jacob Bieker (Open Climate Fix); Maria Perez-Ortiz (University College London)|
|(59) Climate Policy Tracker: Pipeline for automated analysis of public climate policies||Artur Żółkowski (Warsaw University of Technology); Mateusz Krzyziński (Warsaw University of Technology); Piotr Wilczyński (Warsaw University of Technology); Stanisław Giziński (University of Warsaw); Emilia Wiśnios (University of Warsaw); Bartosz Pieliński (University of Warsaw); Julian Sienkiewicz (Warsaw University of Technology); Przemysław Biecek (Warsaw University of Technology)|
|(60) Topic correlation networks inferred from open-ended survey responses reveal signatures of ideology behind carbon tax opinion||Maximilian Puelma Touzel (Mila)|
|(61) Controllable Generation for Climate Modeling||Moulik Choraria (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Daniela Szwarcman (IBM Research); Bianca Zadrozny (IBM Research); Campbell D Watson (IBM Reserch); Lav Varshney (UIUC: ECE)|
|(62) Learn to Bid: Deep Reinforcement Learning with Transformer for Energy Storage Bidding in Energy and Contingency Reserve Markets||Jinhao Li (Monash University); Changlong Wang (Monash University); Yanru Zhang (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China); Hao Wang (Monash University)|
|(63) Curriculum Based Reinforcement Learning to Avert Cascading Failures in the Electric Grid||Amarsagar Reddy Ramapuram Matavalam (Arizona State University); Kishan Guddanti (Pacific Northwest National Lab); Yang Weng (Arizona State University)|
|(64) Short-range forecasts of global precipitation using deep learning-augmented numerical weather prediction||Manmeet Singh (The University of Texas at Austin); Vaisakh SB (Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology); Nachiketa Acharya (Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science,Pennsylvania State University); Aditya Grover (UCLA); Suryachandra A. Rao (Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology); Bipin Kumar (Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology); Zong-Liang Yang (The University of Texas at Austin); Dev Niyogi (The University of Texas at Austin)|
|(65) A Multi-Scale Deep Learning Framework for Projecting Weather Extremes Best Paper: ML Innovation||Antoine Blanchard (MIT); Nishant Parashar (Verisk Analytics); Boyko Dodov (Verisk Analytics); Christian Lessig (Otto-von-Guericke-Universitat Magdeburg); Themis Sapsis (MIT)|
|(66) A Global Classification Model for Cities using ML||Doron Hazan (MIT); Mohamed Habashy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Mohanned ElKholy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Omer Mousa (American University in Cairo); Norhan M Bayomi (MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative); Matias Williams (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); John Fernandez (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)|
|(67) EnhancedSD: Downscaling Solar Irradiance from Climate Model Projections||Nidhin Harilal (University of Colorado, Boulder); Bri-Mathias S Hodge (University of Colorado Boulder); Claire Monteleoni (University of Colorado Boulder); Aneesh Subramanian (University of California, San Diego)|
|(68) Positional Encoder Graph Neural Networks for Geographic Data||Konstantin Klemmer (Microsoft Research); Nathan S Safir (University of Georgia); Daniel B Neill (New York University)|
|(69) Image-based Early Detection System for Wildfires||Omkar Ranadive (Alchera X); Jisu Kim (Alchera); Serin Lee (Alchera X); Youngseo Cha (Alchera); Heechan Park (Alchera); Minkook Cho (Alchera); Young Hwang (Alchera)|
|(70) Towards Global Crop Maps with Transfer Learning||Hyun-Woo Jo (Korea University); Alkiviadis Marios Koukos (National Observatory of Athens); Vasileios Sitokonstantinou (National Observatory of Athens); Woo-Kyun Lee (Korea University); Charalampos Kontoes (National Observatory of Athens)|
|(71) Pyrocast: a Machine Learning Pipeline to Forecast Pyrocumulonimbus (PyroCb) Clouds||Kenza Tazi (University of Cambridge); Emiliano Díaz Salas-Porras (University of Valencia); Ashwin Braude (Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace); Daniel Okoh (National Space Research and Development Agency); Kara D. Lamb (Columbia University); Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford); Paula Harder (Fraunhofer ITWM); Nis Meinert (Pasteur Labs)|
|(72) Evaluating Digital Tools for Sustainable Agriculture using Causal Inference||Ilias Tsoumas (National Observatory of Athens); Georgios Giannarakis (National Observatory of Athens); Vasileios Sitokonstantinou (National Observatory of Athens); Alkiviadis Marios Koukos (National Observatory of Athens); Dimitra A Loka (Hellenic Agricultural Organization ELGO DIMITRA); Nikolaos S Bartsotas (National Observatory of Athens); Charalampos Kontoes (National Observatory of Athens); Ioannis N Athanasiadis (Wageningen University and Research)|
|(73) Generating physically-consistent high-resolution climate data with hard-constrained neural networks||Paula Harder (Mila); Qidong Yang (New York University); Venkatesh Ramesh (Mila); Prasanna Sattigeri (IBM Research); Alex Hernandez-Garcia (Mila - Quebec AI Institute); Campbell D Watson (IBM Reserch); Daniela Szwarcman (IBM Research); David Rolnick (McGill University, Mila)|
|(74) Transformers for Fast Emulation of Atmospheric Chemistry Box Models||Herbie Bradley (University of Cambridge); Nathan Luke Abraham (National Centre for Atmospheric Science, UK); Peer Nowack (Imperial College London); Doug McNeall (Met Office Hadley Centre, UK)|
|(75) Flood Prediction with Graph Neural Networks||Arnold N Kazadi (Rice University); James Doss-Gollin (Rice University); Antonia Sebastian (UNC Chapel Hill); Arlei Silva (Rice University)|
|(76) Neural Representation of the Stratospheric Ozone Layer||Helge Mohn (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research); Daniel Kreyling (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research); Ingo Wohltmann (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research); Ralph Lehmann (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research); Peter Maaß (University of Bremen); Markus Rex (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research)|
|(77) DL-Corrector-Remapper: A grid-free bias-correction deep learning methodology for data-driven high-resolution global weather forecasting||Tao Ge (Washington University in St. Louis); Jaideep Pathak (NVIDIA Corporation); Akshay Subramaniam (NVIDIA); Karthik Kashinath (NVIDIA)|
|(78) Industry-scale CO2 Flow Simulations with Model-Parallel Fourier Neural Operators||Philipp A Witte (Microsoft); Russell Hewett (Microsoft); Ranveer Chandra (Microsoft Research)|
|(79) Adaptive Bias Correction for Improved Subseasonal Forecasting||Soukayna Mouatadid (University of Toronto); Paulo Orenstein (IMPA); Genevieve E Flaspohler (MIT); Judah Cohen (AER); Miruna Oprescu (Cornell University); Ernest Fraenkel (MIT); Lester Mackey (Microsoft Research New England)|
|(80) Nowformer : A Locally Enhanced Temporal Learner for Precipitation Nowcasting||Jinyoung Park (KAIST); Inyoung Lee (KAIST); Minseok Son (KAIST); Seungju Cho (KAIST); Changick Kim (KAIST)|
|(81) An Unsupervised Learning Perspective on the Dynamic Contribution to Extreme Precipitation Changes||Griffin S Mooers (UC Irvine); Tom Beucler (University of Lausanne); Michael Pritchard (UCI); Stephan Mandt (University of California, Irivine)|
|(82) An Interpretable Model of Climate Change Using Correlative Learning||Charles Anderson (Colorado State University); Jason Stock (Colorado State University)|
|(83) Multimodal Wildland Fire Smoke Detection||Mai Nguyen (University of California San Diego); Shreyas Anantha Ramaprasad (University of California San Diego); Jaspreet Kaur Bhamra (University of California San Diego); Siddhant Baldota (University of California San Diego); Garrison Cottrell (UC San Diego)|
|(84) Using uncertainty-aware machine learning models to study aerosol-cloud interactions||Maëlys Solal (University of Oxford); Andrew Jesson (University of Oxford); Yarin Gal (University of Oxford); Alyson Douglas (University of Oxford)|
|(85) Accessible Large-Scale Plant Pathology Recognition||Marcos V. Conde (University of Würzburg); Dmitry Gordeev (H2O.ai)|
|(86) Dynamic weights enabled Physics-Informed Neural Network for simulating the mobility of Engineered Nano Particles in a contaminated aquifer||Shikhar Nilabh (Amphos21)|
|(87) Calibration of Large Neural Weather Models||Andre Graubner (Nvidia); Kamyar Kamyar Azizzadenesheli (Nvidia); Jaideep Pathak (NVIDIA Corporation); Morteza Mardani (Nvidia); Mike Pritchard (Nvidia); Karthik Kashinath (Nvidia); Anima Anandkumar (NVIDIA/Caltech)|
|(88) Learning to forecast vegetation greenness at fine resolution over Africa with ConvLSTMs||Claire Robin (Biogeochemical Integration, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany); Christian Requena-Mesa (Computer Vision Group, Friedrich Schiller University Jena; DLR Institute of Data Science, Jena; Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena); Vitus Benson (Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry); Jeran Poehls (Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry); Lazaro Alonzo (Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry); Nuno Carvalhais (Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry); Markus Reichstein (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena; Michael Stifel Center Jena for Data-Driven and Simulation Science, Jena)|
|(89) Generative Modeling of High-resolution Global Precipitation Forecasts||James Duncan (University of California, Berkeley); Peter Harrington (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)); Shashank Subramanian (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)|
|(90) Learning Surrogates for Diverse Emission Models||Edgar Ramirez Sanchez (MIT); Catherine H Tang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Vindula Jayawardana (MIT); Cathy Wu (MIT)|
|(91) Continual VQA for Disaster Response Systems||Aditya Kane (Pune Institute of Computer Technology); V Manushree (Manipal Institute Of Technology); Sahil S Khose (Georgia Institute of Technology)|
|(92) Performance evaluation of deep segmentation models on Landsat-8 imagery||Akshat Bhandari (Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal); Pratinav Seth (Manipal Institute of Technology); Sriya Rallabandi (Manipal Institute of Technology); Aditya Kasliwal (Manipal Institute of Technology); Sanchit Singhal (Manipal Institute of Technology)|
|(93) Synthesis of Realistic Load Data: Adversarial Networks for Learning and Generating Residential Load Patterns||Xinyu Liang (Monash University); Hao Wang (Monash University)|
|(94) Guided Transformer Network for Detecting Methane Emissions in Sentinel-2 Satellite Imagery||Satish Kumar (University of California, Santa Barbara); William Kingwill (Orbio Earth); Rozanne Mouton (Orbio Earth); Wojciech Adamczyk (ETH, Zurich); Robert Huppertz (Orbio Earth); Evan D Sherwin (Stanford University, Energy and Resources Engineering)|
|(95) Identification of medical devices using machine learning on distribution feeder data for informing power outage response||Paraskevi Kourtza (University of Edinburgh); Maitreyee Marathe (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Anuj Shetty (Stanford University); Diego Kiedanski (Yale University)|
|(96) Analyzing the global energy discourse with machine learning||Malte Toetzke (ETH Zurich); Benedict Probst (ETH Zurich); Yasin Tatar (ETH Zurich); Stefan Feuerriegel (LMU Munich); Volker Hoffmann (ETH Zurich)|
|(97) Deep-S2SWind: A data-driven approach for improving Sub-seasonal wind predictions||Noelia Otero Felipe (University of Bern); Pascal Horton (University of Bern)|
|(98) Towards Low Cost Automated Monitoring of Life Below Water to De-risk Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal and Clean Power||Kameswari Devi Ayyagari (Dalhousie University); Christopher Whidden (Dalhousie University); Corey Morris (Department of Fisheries and Oceans); Joshua Barnes (National Research Council Canada)|
|(99) Towards the Automatic Analysis of Ceilometer Backscattering Profiles using Unsupervised Learning||Michael Dammann (HAW Hamburg); Ina Mattis (Deutscher Wetterdienst); Michael Neitzke (HAW Hamburg); Ralf Möller (University of Lübeck)|
|(100) Modelling the performance of delivery vehicles across urban micro-regions to accelerate the transition to cargo-bike logistics||Max C Schrader (University of Alabama); Navish Kumar (IIT Kharagpur); Nicolas Collignon (University of Edinburgh); Maria S Astefanoaei (IT University of Copenhagen); Esben Sørig (Kale Collective); Soonmyeong Yoon (Kale Collective); Kai Xu (University of Edinburgh); Akash Srivastava (MIT-IBM)|
|(101) An Inversion Algorithm of Ice Thickness and InSAR Data for the State of Friction at the Base of the Greenland Ice Sheet||Aryan Jain (Amador Valley High School); Jeonghyeop Kim (Stony Brook University); William Holt (Stony Brook University)|
|(102) Deep learning-based bias adjustment of decadal climate predictions||Reinel Sospedra-Alfonso (Environment and Climate Change Canada); Johannes Exenberger (Graz University of Technology); Marie C McGraw (Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere | CIRA); Trung Kien Dang (National University of Singapore)|
|(103) Surrogate Modeling for Methane Dispersion Simulations Using Fourier Neural Operator||Qie Zhang (Microsoft); Mirco Milletari (Microsoft); Yagna Deepika Oruganti (Microsoft); Philipp A Witte (Microsoft)|
|(104) Detecting Floods from Cloudy Scenes: A Fusion Approach Using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 Imagery||Qiuyang Chen (University of Edinburgh); Xenofon Karagiannis (Earth-i Ltd.); Simon M. Mudd (University of Edinburgh)|
|(105) Urban Heat Island Detection and Causal Inference Using Convolutional Neural Networks||Zachary D Calhoun (Duke University); Ziyang Jiang (Duke University); Mike Bergin (Duke University); David Carlson (Duke University)|
|(106) Forecasting Global Drought Severity and Duration Using Deep Learning||Akanksha Ahuja (NOA); Xin Rong Chua (Centre for Climate Research Singapore)|
|(107) ForestBench: Equitable Benchmarks for Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification of Nature-Based Solutions with Machine Learning||Lucas Czech (Carnegie Institution for Science); Björn Lütjens (MIT); David Dao (ETH Zurich)|
|(108) Estimating Heating Loads in Alaska using Remote Sensing and Machine Learning Methods||Madelyn Gaumer (University of Washington); Nick Bolten (Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington); Vidisha Chowdhury (Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University); Philippe Schicker (Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University); Shamsi Soltani (Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Stanford University School of Medicine); Erin D Trochim (University of Alaska Fairbanks)|
|(109) Interpretable Spatiotemporal Forecasting of Arctic Sea Ice Concentration at Seasonal Lead Times||Matthew Beveridge (Independent Researcher); Lucas Pereira (ITI, LARSyS, Técnico Lisboa)|
|(110) CliMedBERT: A Pre-trained Language Model for Climate and Health-related Text||Babak Jalalzadeh Fard (University of Nebraska Medical Center); Sadid A. Hasan (Microsoft); Jesse E. Bell (University of Nebraska Medical Center)|
|(111) Improving accuracy and convergence of federated learning edge computing methods for generalized DER forecasting applications in power grid||Vineet Jagadeesan Nair (MIT)|
|(112) Personalizing Sustainable Agriculture with Causal Machine Learning Best Paper: Proposals||Georgios Giannarakis (National Observatory of Athens); Vasileios Sitokonstantinou (National Observatory of Athens); Roxanne Suzette Lorilla (National Observatory of Athens); Charalampos Kontoes (National Observatory of Athens)|
|(113) Disaster Risk Monitoring Using Satellite Imagery||Kevin Lee (NVIDIA); Siddha Ganju (NVIDIA); Edoardo Nemni (UNOSAT)|
|(114) Machine Learning for Predicting Climate Extremes||Hritik Bansal (UCLA); Shashank Goel (University of California Los Angeles); Tung Nguyen (University of California, Los Angeles); Aditya Grover (UCLA)|
|(115) FourCastNet: A practical introduction to a state-of-the-art deep learning global weather emulator||Jaideep Pathak (NVIDIA Corporation); Shashank Subramanian (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory); Peter Harrington (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)); Thorsten Kurth (Nvidia); Andre Graubner (Nvidia); Morteza Mardani (NVIDIA Corporation); David M. Hall (NVIDIA); Karthik Kashinath (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory); Anima Anandkumar (NVIDIA/Caltech)|
|(116) Automating the creation of LULC datasets for semantic segmentation||Sambhav S Rohatgi (Spacesense.ai); Anthony Mucia (Spacesense.ai)|
Peetak Mitra (Excarta Inc.)
Maria João Sousa (IST, ULisboa)
Mark Roth (Climate LLC)
Ján Drgoňa (PNNL)
Emma Strubell (CMU)
Yoshua Bengio (Mila, UdeM)
Tutorials Track Organizers
Ankur Mahesh (UC Berkeley)
Isabelle Tingzon (Thinking Machines Data Science)
Melanie Hanna (DataRobot)
Shafat Rahman (Otoll)
Sharon Xu (Indigo Ag)
Adam Riesselman (Hippo Harvest)
Adeesh Kolluru (Carnegie Mellon University)
Aditya Grover (UCLA)
Andrii Krutsylo (Institute of Computer Science Polish Academy of Sciences)
Angelos Chronis (Austrian Institute of Technology)
Anuroop Sriram (Meta FAIR)
Aranildo Lima (Aquatic Informatics)
Bharathan Balaji (Amazon)
Elie Alhajjar (USMA)
Eunika Mercier-Laurent (IFIP)
Evan Sherwin (Stanford University)
Gopinath Rajendiran (Atsuya Technologies Pvt Ltd, India)
Gregory Gruz (EY)
Ibrahim El-chami (University of British Columbia)
James Doss-Gollin (Rice University)
Josephine Sullivan (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Kumar Saurav (IBM Research Labs)
Lester Mackey (Microsoft Research)
Lucas Pereira (ITI, LARSyS, Técnico Lisboa)
Peetak Mitra (PARC)
Sadid Hasan (Microsoft)
Santiago Correa Cardona (BlocPower)
Sara Khalid (University of Oxford )
Tabia Ahmad (University of Strathclyde)
Veronica Nieves (University of Valencia)
Ying-Jung Deweese (Descartes Labs)
Yongli Zhu (Texas A&M University)
Alan Fortuny (Adidas)
Alberto C. Chapchap (GS Cap)
Alexandra V. Puchko (Western Washington University)
Andrew Ross (Arcadia)
Andrey Bernstein (NREL)
Aneesh Rangnekar (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Armi Tiihonen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Arvind T. Mohan (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Bedartha Goswami (University of Tübingen)
Bertrand Le Saux (European Space Agency (ESA))
Bianca Zadrozny (IBM Research)
Bill Cai (Amazon)
Bingqing Chen (Carnegie Mellon University)
Biswadip Dey (Siemens Corporation, Technology)
Brian Hutchinson (Western Washington University)
Catarina Barata (Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico)
Christopher Yeh (California Institute of Technology)
Dan Lu (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Daniel Salles Civitarese (IBM Research, Brazil)
Daniela Szwarcman (IBM Research)
Dara M. Farrell (Graduate of University of Washington)
Dario Augusto Borges Oliveira (Technische Universität München)
David Dao (ETH)
David Rolnick (McGill University, Mila)
David Russell (Carnegie Mellon University)
Difan Zhang (PNNL)
Donna Vakalis (University of Toronto)
Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford)
Evan D. Sherwin (Stanford University, Energy and Resources Engineering)
Frank Liu (Oak Ridge National Lab)
Fred Otieno (IBM)
Frederik Gerzer (Recogni)
Gege Wen (Stanford University)
Genevieve E. Flaspohler (MIT)
Hamid Alizadeh Pahlavan (Rice University)
Hannah R. Kerner (Arizona State University)
Hao Sheng (Stanford University)
Hari Prasanna Das (UC Berkeley)
Ioana Colfescu (National Centre for Atmospheric Science)
Isabelle Tingzon (Thinking Machines Data Science)
Jan Drgona (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Jeremy A. Irvin (Stanford)
Jonathan Fürst (NEC Laboratories Europe)
Jorge Montalvo Arvizu (Solario)
Joris Guerin (LAAS-CNRS)
Joyjit Chatterjee (University of Hull)
Julian de Hoog (The University of Melbourne)
Kaiser Olga (UNIversity)
Kalai Ramea (PARC)
Katarzyna B. Tokarska (ETH Zurich)
Kate Duffy (BAER Institute / NASA)
Kelly Kochanski (McKinsey & Company)
Kevin Barker (PNNL)
Kevin McCloskey (Google)
Kidane W. Degefa (Haramaya University)
Konstantin Klemmer (Microsoft Research)
Kris Sankaran (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Kritika Gadpayle (CSTEP)
Lea Boche (EPRI)
Lester Mackey (Microsoft Research New England)
Levente Klein (IBM Research)
Lucas Kruitwagen (University of Oxford)
Lucas Spangher (U.C. Berkeley)
Lukas Kondmann (German Aerospace Center)
Lynn Kaack (Hertie School)
Maike Sonnewald (Princeton University)
Malachi Schram (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility)
Marcus Voss (TU Berlin)
Maria João Sousa (IDMEC, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa)
Maria Kaselimi (National Technical University of Athens)
Mark Roth (Climate LLC)
Markus Leippold (University of Zurich)
Massimo A. Bollasina (University of Edinburgh)
Matias Quintana (National University of Singapore)
Matteo Turchetta (ETH Zurich)
Meareg A. Hailemariam (Addis Ababa University)
Melanie Hanna (DataRobot)
Michael F. Howland (Stanford University)
Miguel Molina-Solana (Universidad de Granada)
Miguel-Ángel Fernández-Torres (Universitat de València)
Milan Jain (PNNL)
Mohamad Khalil (Newcastle University)
Muhammad F. Kasim (University of Oxford)
Nahian Ahmed (Oregon State University)
Nathan Kiner (Climate Change AI)
Niccolo Dalmasso (J.P. Morgan Chase)
Noman Bashir (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Olalekan J. Akintande (University of Ibadan)
Olivia Mendivil Ramos (OneThree Biotech)
Paweł Gora (TensorCell)
Peetak P. Mitra (Excarta Inc.)
Priya L. Donti (Cornell Tech, MIT)
Qiao Kang (Memorial University)
Rambod Mojgani (Rice University)
Rasika V. Bhalerao (New York University)
Redouane Lguensat (IPSL)
Rishikesh Ranade (Ansys Inc)
Robin Dunn (Novartis)
Samarth Vadia (LMU Munich)
Samrat Chatterjee (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Sara El Mekkaoui (EMI Engineering School)
Sasha Luccioni (Hugging Face)
Sayak Mukherjee (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Sebastian Ruf (Northeastern University)
Shafat Rahman (Otoll)
Sharon Xu (Indigo Ag)
Shruti Kulkarni (Indian Institute of Science (IISc))
Simon Letzgus (Technische Universität Berlin)
Simone Fobi (Columbia University)
Soledad Galli (Climate Change AI)
Sookyung Kim (PARC)
Soumya Vasisht (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Subhashis Hazarika (Palo Alto Research Center)
Thomas Walther (Utrecht University)
Tianle Yuan (NASA)
Tom Corringham (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Utkarsha Agwan (U.C. Berkeley)
Valentina Zantedeschi (INRIA, UCL)
Victoria Preston (MIT)
Vili Hätönen (Emblica)
Y. Qiang Sun (Rice University)
Yifei Guan (Rice University)
Yimeng Min (Cornell University)
Zhecheng Wang (Stanford University)
Zikri Bayraktar (Schlumberger Doll Research)
Zoltan Nagy (The University of Texas at Austin)
Call for Submissions
We invite submissions of short papers using machine learning to address problems in climate mitigation, adaptation, or modeling, including but not limited to the following topics:
- Agriculture and food
- Behavioural and social science
- Carbon capture and sequestration
- Cities and urban planning
- Climate finance and economics
- Climate justice
- Climate science and climate modeling
- Disaster management and relief
- Earth observations and monitoring
- Earth science
- Ecosystems and biodiversity
- Extreme weather
- Forestry and other land use
- Heavy industry and manufacturing
- Local and indigenous knowledge systems
- Materials science and discovery
- Oceans and marine systems
- Power and energy systems
- Public policy
- Societal adaptation and resilience
- Supply chains
All machine learning techniques are welcome, from kernel methods to deep learning. Each submission should make clear why the application has (or could have) a pathway to positive impacts regarding climate change. We highly encourage submissions which make their data publicly available. Accepted submissions will be invited to give poster presentations, of which some will be selected for spotlight talks.
The workshop does not publish proceedings, and submissions are non-archival. Submission to this workshop does not preclude future publication. Previously published work may be submitted under certain circumstances (see the FAQ).
All papers and proposals submissions must be through the submission website. Submissions will be reviewed double-blind; do your best to anonymize your submission, and do not include identifying information for authors in the PDF. Authors are required to use the workshop style template (based on the NeurIPS style files), available for LaTeX and docx format.
All tutorials submissions must be through the submission website.
Please see the Tips for Submissions and FAQ, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
There are three tracks for submissions: (i) Papers, (ii) Proposals, (iii) Tutorials. Submissions are limited to 4 pages for the Papers track, and 3 pages for the Proposals track, in PDF format (see examples from NeurIPS 2021, ICML 2021, NeurIPS 2020, ICLR 2020, NeurIPS 2019, and ICML 2019). References do not count towards this total. Supplementary appendices are allowed but will be read at the discretion of the reviewers. All submissions must explain why the proposed work has (or could have) positive impacts regarding climate change.
Work that is in progress, published, and/or deployed.
Submissions for the Papers track should describe projects relevant to climate change that involve machine learning. These may include (but are not limited to) academic research; deployed results from startups, industry, public institutions, etc.; and climate-relevant datasets.
Submissions should provide experimental or theoretical validation of the method presented, as well as specifying what gap the method fills. Authors should clearly illustrate a pathway to climate impact, i.e., identify the way in which this work fits into broader efforts to address climate change. Algorithms need not be novel from a machine learning perspective if they are applied in a novel setting. Details of methodology need not be revealed if they are proprietary, though transparency is highly encouraged.
Submissions creating novel datasets are welcomed. Datasets should be designed to permit machine learning research (e.g. formatted with clear benchmarks for evaluation). In this case, baseline experimental results on the dataset are preferred, but not required.
Early-stage work and detailed descriptions of ideas for future work.
Submissions for the Proposals track should describe detailed ideas for how machine learning can be used to solve climate-relevant problems. While less constrained than the Papers track, Proposals will be subject to a very high standard of review. Ideas should be justified as extensively as possible, including motivation for why the problem being solved is important in tackling climate change, discussion of why current methods are inadequate, explanation of the proposed method, and discussion of the pathway to climate impact. Preliminary results are optional.
Interactive notebooks for insightful step-by-step walkthroughs
Submissions for the Tutorials track should introduce or demonstrate the use of ML methods and tools such as libraries, packages, services, datasets, or frameworks to address a problem related to climate change. Tutorial proposals (due Aug 18) should take the form of an abstract and should include a clear and concise description of users’ expected learning outcomes from the tutorial. Midterm tutorial submissions (due Sep 18) and Final tutorial submissions (due Nov 3) should be in the form of executable notebooks (e.g. Jupyter, Colab). Submissions will be reviewed based on their potential impact and overall usability by the climate and AI research community.
Tips for Submissions
- For examples of typical formatting and content, see submissions from our previous workshops at NeurIPS 2021, ICML 2021, NeurIPS 2020, ICLR 2020, NeurIPS 2019, and ICML 2019.
- Be explicit: Describe how your proposed approach addresses climate change, demonstrating an understanding of the application area.
- Frame your work: The specific problem and/or data proposed should be contextualized in terms of prior work.
- Address the impact: Describe the practical implications of your method in addressing the problem you identify, as well as any relevant societal impacts or potential side-effects. We recommend reading our further guidelines on this aspect here.
- Explain the ML: Readers may not be familiar with the exact techniques you are using or may desire further detail.
- Justify the ML: Describe why the ML method involved is needed, and why it is a good match for the problem.
- Avoid jargon: Jargon is sometimes unavoidable but should be minimized. Ideal submissions will be accessible both to an ML audience and to experts in other relevant fields, without the need for field-specific knowledge. Feel free to direct readers to accessible overviews or review articles for background, where it is impossible to include context directly.
Tackling climate change requires translating ideas into action. The guidelines below will help you clearly present the importance of your work to a broad audience, hopefully including relevant decision-makers in industry, government, nonprofits, and other areas.
- Illustrate the link: Many types of work, from highly theoretical to deeply applied, can have clear pathways to climate impact. Some links may be direct, such as improving solar forecasting to increase utilization within existing electric grids. Others may take several steps to explain, such as improving computer vision techniques for classifying clouds, which could help climate scientists seeking to understand fundamental climate dynamics.
- Consider your target audience: Try to convey with relative specificity why and to whom solving the problem at hand will be useful. If studying extreme weather prediction, consider how you would communicate your key findings to a government disaster response agency. If analyzing a supply chain optimization pilot program, what are the main takeaways for industries who might adopt this technology? To ensure your work will be impactful, where possible we recommend co-developing projects with relevant stakeholders or reaching out to them early in the process for feedback. We encourage you to use this opportunity to do so!
- Outline key metrics: Quantitative or qualitative assessments of how well your results (or for proposals, anticipated results) compare to existing methods are encouraged. Try to give a sense of the importance of your problem and your findings. We encourage you to convey why the particular metrics you choose are relevant from a climate change perspective. For instance, if you are evaluating your machine learning model on the basis of accuracy, how does improved accuracy on a machine learning model translate to climate impact, and why is accuracy the best metric to use in this context?
- Be clear and concise: The discussion of impact does not need to be lengthy, just clear.
- Convey the big picture: Ultimately, the goal of Climate Change AI is to “empower work that meaningfully addresses the climate crisis.” Try to make sure that from the beginning, you contextualize your method and its impacts in terms of this objective.
We are hosting a mentorship program to facilitate exchange between potential workshop submitters and experts working in topic areas relevant to the workshop. The goal of this program is to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations and ultimately increase the quality and potential impact of submitted work.
Mentors are expected to guide mentees during the CCAI mentorship program as they prepare submissions for this workshop.
Examples of mentor-mentee interactions may include:
- In-depth discussion of relevant related work in the area of the Paper or Proposal, to ensure submissions are well-framed and contextualized in terms of prior work.
- Iterating on the core idea of a Proposal to ensure that the climate change application is well-posed and the ML techniques used are well-suited.
- Giving feedback on the writing or presentation of a Paper or Proposal to bring it to the right level of maturity for submission.
Mentees are expected to initiate contact with their assigned mentor and put in the work and effort necessary to prepare a Paper or Proposal submission by Sep 18.
We suggest that after the mentor-mentee matching is made, a first (physical or digital) meeting should take place within the first week (Aug 18-25) to discuss the Paper or Proposal and set expectations for the mentorship period. Subsequent interactions can take place either through meetings or via email discussions, following the expectations set during the initial meeting, culminating in a final version of a Paper or Proposal submitted via the CMT portal by Sep 18.
Mentors and mentees must abide by the following Code of Conduct: https://www.climatechange.ai/code_of_conduct.
Applications are due by Aug 18.
- Application to be a mentee: https://forms.gle/cZGoxDRYG3U7K4Lr9
- Application to be a mentor: https://forms.gle/v2SNz1JTok3drf6w5
Frequently Asked Questions
Mentorship Program FAQ
Q: Are mentors allowed to be authors on the paper for which they provided mentorship?
A: Yes, mentors can be co-authors but not reviewers.
Q: What happens if the mentor/mentee does not fulfill their duties, or if major issues come up?
A: Please email us at email@example.com and we will do our best to help resolve the situation. Potential breaches of the Code of Conduct will be responded to promptly as detailed therein.
Q: What happens if I apply to be a mentee but do not get paired with a mentor?
A: While we will do our best, we cannot guarantee pairings for everyone. Even if you do not get paired with a mentor, we encourage you to submit a Paper or Proposal to the workshop, and our reviewers will provide you with guidance and feedback on how to improve it.
Q: What happens if my submission does not get accepted to the workshop?
A: While the mentorship program is meant to give early-career researchers and students the opportunity to improve the quality of their work, sometimes submissions will need further polishing and elaboration before being ready for presentation at a CCAI workshop. If this is the case, we invite you to take into account the comments made by the reviewers and to resubmit again to a subsequent CCAI workshop.
Q: I cannot guarantee that I can commit at least 4 hours to the program over the time period. Should I still apply as a mentor?
A: No. While the 4 hour time commitment is a suggestion, we do believe that it is necessary to ensure that all mentees receive the help and guidance they need.
Q: I do not have a background in machine learning; can I still apply to be a mentor/mentee?
A: Yes! We welcome applications from domains that are complementary to machine learning to solve the problems that we are targeting.
Q: What happens if my mentor/mentee wants to continue meeting after the workshop?
A: We welcome and encourage continued interactions after the official mentorship period. That said, neither the mentor nor the mentee should feel obligated to maintain contact.
Q: How can I keep up to date on this kind of stuff?
A: Sign up for our mailing list!
Q: I’m not in machine learning. Can I still submit?
A: Yes, absolutely! We welcome submissions from many fields. Do bear in mind, however, that the majority of attendees of the workshop will have a machine learning background; therefore, other fields should be introduced sufficiently to provide context for the work.
Q: What if my submission is accepted but I can’t attend the workshop?
A: You may ask someone else to present your work in your stead.
Q: It’s hard for me to fit my submission on 3 or 4 pages. What should I do?
A: Feel free to include appendices with additional material (these should be part of the same PDF file as the main submission). Do not, however, put essential material in an appendix, as it will be read at the discretion of the reviewers.
Q: Can I send submissions directly by email?
A: No, please use the CMT website to make submissions.
Q: The submission website is asking for my name. Is this a problem for anonymization?
A: You should fill out your name and other info when asked on the submission website; CMT will keep your submission anonymous to reviewers.
Q: Do submissions for the Proposals track need to have experimental validation?
A: No, although some initial experiments or citation of published results would strengthen your submission.
Q: The submission website never sent me a confirmation email. Is this a problem?
A: No, the CMT system does not send automatic confirmation emails after a submission, though the submission should show up on the CMT page once submitted. If in any doubt regarding the submission process, please contact the organizers. Also please avoid making multiple submissions of the same article to CMT.
Q: Can I submit previously published work to this workshop?
A: Yes, though under limited circumstances. In particular, work that has previously been published at non-machine learning venues may be eligible for submission; however, work that has been published in conferences on machine learning or related fields is likely not eligible. If your work was previously accepted to a Climate Change AI workshop, this work should have changed or matured substantively to be eligible for resubmission. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Q: Can I submit work to this workshop if I am also submitting to another NeurIPS 2022 workshop?
A: Yes. We cannot, however, guarantee that you will not be expected to present the material at a time that conflicts with the other workshop.