Fellows Lead Effort to Apply Machine Learning to Climate Change

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Two Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship recipients are leading an effort to address global climate change effects with machine-learning techniques. Priya Donti, a third-year fellow in computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and Kelly Kochanski, a fourth-year fellow in Earth surface processes at the University of Colorado Boulder, are on the steering committee (Donti is co-chair) for Climate Change AI. The group's website says it is a coalition of "volunteers from academia and industry who believe in using machine learning, where it is relevant, to help tackle the climate crisis." Machine learning algorithms identify patterns in known data and use that information to make predictions or to classify previously unseen data. Machine learning is a key component of artificial intelligence (AI).