12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences

Program Chair: Amy McGovern , Univ. of Oklahoma
Reviewers: David John Gagne II , University of Oklahoma ; John K. Williams , NCAR ; Sue Ellen Haupt , NCAR ; Andrew E. Mercer , Mississippi State Univ. ; Valliappa Lakshmanan , CIMMS/Univ. of Oklahoma and NOAA/NSSL ; Haig Iskenderian , MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

7:30 AM-10:00 AM: Saturday, 1 February 2014


Registration for Student Conference and Short Courses

Sunday, 2 February 2014

7:30 AM-9:00 AM: Sunday, 2 February 2014


Registration for Short Courses and Conference for Early Career Professionals

9:00 AM-6:00 PM: Sunday, 2 February 2014


Registration Open for Annual Meeting

12:00 PM-4:00 PM: Sunday, 2 February 2014


WeatherFest

4:00 PM-5:30 PM: Sunday, 2 February 2014


94th Annual Review, New Fellows, and Featured Awards
Location: Room C302 (The Georgia World Congress Center )

Monday, 3 February 2014

7:30 AM-5:30 PM: Monday, 3 February 2014


Registration Continues through February 5

9:00 AM-10:30 AM: Monday, 3 February 2014

Recording files available
Plenary Session 1
14th Presidential Forum: Extreme Weather, Climate, and the Built Environment: New Perspectives, Opportunities, and Tools
Location: Thomas Murphy Ballroom (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the Second Symposium on Prediction of the Madden-Julian Oscillation: Impacts on Weather and Climate Extremes; the 14th Presidential Forum; the Second Symposium on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation; the Superstorm Sandy and the Built Environment: New Perspectives, Opportunities, and Tools; the Stanley A. Changnon Symposium; the Edward S. Epstein Symposium; the 30th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies; the 28th Conference on Hydrology; the 26th Conference on Climate Variability and Change; the 26th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting / 22nd Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction; the 23rd Symposium on Education; the 22nd Conference on Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences; the 18th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the A&WMA; the 18th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS); the 16th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry; the 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; the 12th History Symposium; the 12th Symposium on the Coastal Environment; the 11th Conference on Space Weather; the 11th Symposium on the Urban Environment; the Tenth Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems; the Ninth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research; the Sixth Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions; the Fifth Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy; the Fifth Conference on Environment and Health; the Fourth Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology Special Symposium; the Fourth Conference on Transition of Research to Operations; the Fourth Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python; the Second Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise; the Second Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nationís Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events; and the Special Symposium on Severe Local Storms: The Current State of the Science and Understanding Impacts )
Moderator: Margaret Davidson, NOAA/Office for Coastal Management
Panelists: Leslie Chapman-Henderson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes; David Perkes, Mississippi State Univ.; Ellis Stanley, Hammerman & Gainer International, Inc.; Rear Admiral David W. Titley, Penn State University; Peter Kareiva, The Nature Conservancy
Speaker: Andy Revkin, Dot Earth blogger, The New York Times, and Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University
  9:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks

  9:05 AM
PL1.1
The New Communication Climate - An exploration of tools and traits that give the best chance of success in facing a fast-forward media landscape and changing climate
Andy Revkin, Dot Earth blogger, The New York Times, and Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University, New York, NY
  9:25 AM
Panel Discussion

  10:25 AM
Concluding Remarks

9:00 AM-11:00 AM: Monday, 3 February 2014


Spouses' Coffee

10:30 AM-11:00 AM: Monday, 3 February 2014


Coffee Break

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Monday, 3 February 2014

Recording files available
Session 1
AI Techniques applied to environmental science
Location: Room C204 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Host: 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Chair: John K. Williams, NCAR
  11:15 AM
1.2
Regional estimates of ground level Aerosol using Satellite Remote Sensing and Machine-Learning
Nabin Malakar, City College of New York, New York, NY; and A. Atia, B. Gross, F. Moshary, S. Ahmed, and D. Lary
  11:30 AM
1.3
  11:45 AM
1.4
Using Crowd-Sourced Precipitation Observations to Build a Winter Surface Hydrometeor Classification Algorithm
Kimberly L. Elmore, CIMMS/Univ. of Oklahoma and NOAA/NSSL, Norman, OK; and H. D. Reeves

12:00 PM-1:30 PM: Monday, 3 February 2014


Lunch Break

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Monday, 3 February 2014

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Session 2
AI Techniques for Decision Support
Location: Room C204 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Host: 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Chair: David John Gagne II, University of Oklahoma
  1:30 PM
2.1
Hourly Water Level Prediction using Artificial Neural networks in Wetlands of Baldwin County, AL
Mehdi Rezaeianzadeh, Auburn University, Auburn, AL; and L. Kalin, C. J. Anderson, and W. F. Barksdale

  1:45 PM
2.2
  2:00 PM
2.3
Determining Which Polarimetric Variables Are Important for Weather/Non-weather Discrimination Using Statistical Methods
Samantha M. Berkseth, Valparaiso University, Fraser, MI; and V. Lakshmanan, C. Karstens, and K. L. Ortega
  2:15 PM
2.4
An Approach for Identification, Tracking, and Prediction of Convective Planetary Boundary Layer Phenomena
George Limpert, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; and N. A. Lock, A. L. Houston, E. W. Frew, J. Elston, and C. C. Weiss

2:30 PM-4:00 PM: Monday, 3 February 2014


Poster Session 1
Artificial Intelligence Poster Session
Location: Hall C3 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Host: 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Chair: Amy McGovern, Univ. of Oklahoma
 
275
Annual variation in heavy rainfall frequency in Kyushu, Japan, linking to a synoptic field pattern classified by Self-Organizing Map
Koji Nishiyama, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan; and K. Wakimizu, C. B. Uvo, and J. Olsson
Manuscript (813.8 kB)

Handout (2.1 MB)

 
276
A System for the Analysis of Images containing Atmospheric Discharges (SAIDA)
Diego Matos Guedes Sr., Centro UniversitŠrio da FEI, Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and R. B. B. Gin and R. A. C. Bianchi
Manuscript (459.3 kB)

 
277
The Advanced Algorithm for the Tracking of Objects
George Limpert, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; and A. L. Houston


Formal Poster Viewing with Coffee Break
Location: Hall C3 (The Georgia World Congress Center )

4:00 PM-5:30 PM: Monday, 3 February 2014

Recording files available
Panel Discussion 1
Panel: Challenges and Opportunities in Applying AI Techniques to Environmental Science Problems
Location: Room C204 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Host: 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Moderator: Amy McGovern, Univ. of Oklahoma
Panelists: Sue Ellen Haupt, NCAR; John K. Williams, NCAR; Lakshmanan Valliappa, CIMMS/NSSL; Philippe E. Tissot, Texas A&M Univ.; Armando Pelliccioni, INAIL
  4:00 PM
Panel: Challenges and Opportunities in Applying AI Techniques to Environmental Science Problems: John Williams, Sue Haupt, Amy McGovern, Valliappa Lakshmanan, Philippe Tissot, Armando Pelliccioni

5:30 PM-7:30 PM: Monday, 3 February 2014


Reception and Exhibits Opening

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

8:30 AM-9:45 AM: Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Recording files available
Session 3
AI for Climate Informatics and Extreme Weather
Location: Room C204 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Host: 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Chair: Haig Iskenderian, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  8:45 AM
3.2
SVR and Bayesian Neural Networks applied to statistical downscaling of precipitation
Carlos Felipe Gaitan, University of Oklahoma - NOAA/GFDL, Princeton, NJ; and K. W. Dixon, J. Lanzante, V. Balaji, R. McPherson, B. Moore III, A. Radhakrishnan, and H. Vahlenkamp
  9:30 AM
3.5
Severe Hail Prediction with Spatiotemporal Relational Data Mining Techniques
David John Gagne II, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and A. McGovern, J. A. Brotzge, and M. Xue

9:00 AM-11:00 AM: Tuesday, 4 February 2014


Spouses' Coffee

9:45 AM-11:00 AM: Tuesday, 4 February 2014


Formal Poster Viewing with Coffee Break
Location: Hall C3 (The Georgia World Congress Center )

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Recording files available
Joint Session 2
Applying Machine Learning Techniques for Information Processing
Location: Room C106 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 30th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies; and the 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences )
Cochairs: Valliappa Lakshmanan, CIMMS/Univ. of Oklahoma and NOAA/NSSL; Amy McGovern, Univ. of Oklahoma
  11:00 AM
J2.1
Source Attribution of Atmospheric Radionuclide Emissions from Signatures Embedded Within Varying Background Signals
Steven R. Chiswell, Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC; and R. Buckley, R. Kurzeja, and D. Werth

  11:15 AM
J2.2
LOW COST LAGRANGIAN ENVIRONMENTAL WIRELESS SENSOR SYSTEM
Andrew Wyatt Smith, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA; and J. Mendez, J. Trostel, and J. Dufek
  11:45 AM
J2.4
Modeling weather patterns with Markov fields
Jenny Reed, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, GA; and J. Trostel

12:00 PM-1:30 PM: Tuesday, 4 February 2014


Lunch Break

Stanley a. Changnon Luncheon
Location: Room B401 (The Georgia World Congress Center )

3:00 PM-3:30 PM: Tuesday, 4 February 2014


Coffee Break

Meet the President
Location: Room C103 (The Georgia World Congress Center )

3:30 PM-5:00 PM: Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Recording files available
Session 4
AI techniques for Numerical Weather Prediction
Location: Room C204 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Host: 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Chair: Andrew E. Mercer, Mississippi State Univ.
  3:30 PM
4.1
An Artificial Neural Network Downscaling of MERRA Mountain Gap Wind Events
Emily Foshee, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL; and U. Nair, X. Li, D. K. Smith, and K. Keiser

  3:45 PM
4.2
Formulating Model Output Statistics Using Support Vector Regression
Andrew E. Mercer, Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State, MS; and J. L. Dyer
  4:00 PM
4.3
Dependence of Vortex Characteristics on Grid Resolution in Simulated Supercells
Brittany Anne Dahl, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and C. K. Potvin, L. J. Wicker, R. A. Brown, and A. McGovern
  4:15 PM
4.4
An Automated, Multi-parameter Dry line Detection Algorithm
Andrew J. MacKenzie, Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and V. Lakshmanan, A. McGovern, R. A. Brown, and A. J. Clark
  4:30 PM
4.5
A 3-Dimensional Watershed Transform Technique for Storm Extraction on Gridded Data
Andrew J. MacKenzie, Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and A. McGovern, V. Lakshmanan, A. J. Clark, and R. A. Brown
  4:45 PM
4.6

5:00 PM-6:00 PM: Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Recording files available
Session 1
Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecture
Location: Room C106 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 26th Conference on Climate Variability and Change; the 14th Presidential Forum; the Second Symposium on Prediction of the Madden-Julian Oscillation: Impacts on Weather and Climate Extremes; the Second Symposium on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation; the Stanley A. Changnon Symposium; the 30th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies; the 28th Conference on Hydrology; the 26th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting / 22nd Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction; the 23rd Symposium on Education; the 22nd Conference on Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences; the 18th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the A&WMA; the 18th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS); the 16th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry; the 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; the 12th History Symposium; the 12th Symposium on the Coastal Environment; the 11th Conference on Space Weather; the 11th Symposium on the Urban Environment; the Tenth Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems; the Ninth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research; the Sixth Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions; the Fifth Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy; the Fifth Conference on Environment and Health; the Fourth Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology Special Symposium; the Fourth Conference on Transition of Research to Operations; the Fourth Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python; the Second Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise; the Second Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nationís Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events; the Major Weather Events and Societal Impacts of 2013; and the Special Symposium on Severe Local Storms: The Current State of the Science and Understanding Impacts )
  5:00 PM
L1.1
Towards a general theory of global monsoons (Invited Presentation)
Peter J. Webster, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

8:30 AM-10:00 AM: Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Recording files available
Joint Session 3
Applications of Artificial Intelligence Methods for Energy
Location: Room C204 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; and the Fifth Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy )
Cochairs: Sue Ellen Haupt, NCAR; Brian DAgostino, Sempra Energy
  8:30 AM
J3.1
Smart Cloud Detection System for Intra-hour Solar Irradiance Forecasts (Invited Presentation)
Y. Chu, University of California, La Jolla, CA; and L. Nonnemacher, R. Inman, Z. Liao, H. T. C. Pedro, and C. F. M. Coimbra
  8:45 AM
J3.2
A multi-scale solar energy forecast platform based on machine-learned adaptive combination of expert systems
Siyuan Lu, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY; and J. Lenchner, G. J. Tesauro, C. M. Corcoran, F. J. Marianno, J. Zhang, B. M. Hodge, E. Campos, and H. F. Hamann
  9:00 AM
J3.3
Using AI to integrate weather into electrical and natural gas load forecasts
John K. Williams, NCAR, Boulder, CO; and G. Wiener, W. Myers, S. E. Haupt, T. Brummet, S. Dettling, S. Linden, and J. M. Pearson
  9:15 AM
J3.4
  9:30 AM
J3.5
  9:45 AM
J3.6
Development of Clear sky models for solar energy using Machine Learning
Guido Cervone, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; and J. Lin, T. C. McCandless, and S. Haupt

9:00 AM-11:00 AM: Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Spouses' Coffee

10:00 AM-10:30 AM: Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Coffee Break

Meet the President
Location: Room C103 (The Georgia World Congress Center )

12:00 PM-1:30 PM: Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Lunch Break

Women in the Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon: A Conversation about the Future
Location: Room C112 (The Georgia World Congress Center )

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Recording files available
Lecture 2
Horton Lecture
Location: Georgia Ballroom 1 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 28th Conference on Hydrology; the Second Symposium on Prediction of the Madden-Julian Oscillation: Impacts on Weather and Climate Extremes; the Second Symposium on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation; the Edward S. Epstein Symposium; the 30th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies; the 26th Conference on Climate Variability and Change; the 26th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting / 22nd Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction; the 23rd Symposium on Education; the 22nd Conference on Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences; the 18th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the A&WMA; the 18th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS); the 16th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry; the 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; the 12th History Symposium; the 12th Symposium on the Coastal Environment; the 11th Conference on Space Weather; the 11th Symposium on the Urban Environment; the Tenth Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems; the Ninth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research; the Seventh Annual CCM Forum: Certified Consulting Meteorologists; the Sixth Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions; the Fifth Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy; the Fifth Conference on Environment and Health; the Fourth Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology Special Symposium; the Fourth Conference on Transition of Research to Operations; the Fourth Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python; the Second Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise; the Second Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nationís Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events; and the Special Symposium on Severe Local Storms: The Current State of the Science and Understanding Impacts )
Recording files available
Joint Session 9
AI Solar Energy Prediction Contest
Location: Room C204 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; the 22nd Conference on Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences; and the Fifth Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy )
Cochairs: David John Gagne II, University of Oklahoma; Amy McGovern, Univ. of Oklahoma
  1:30 PM
Introductory Remarks

  1:45 PM
9.1
Forecasting Daily Solar Energy Production Using Robust Regression Techniques
Gilles Louppe, University of LiŤge, LiŤge, Belgium; and P. Prettenhofer
  2:15 PM
9.3
A Blending Approach to Solar Energy Prediction
Lucas Eustaquio Gomes da Silva, Belo Horizonte , Brazil; and G. Titericz Jr.

2:30 PM-4:00 PM: Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Formal Poster Viewing with Coffee Break
Location: Hall C3 (The Georgia World Congress Center )

5:00 PM-6:00 PM: Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Recording files available
Lecture 3
Walter Orr Roberts Lecture
Location: Room C113 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 16th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry; the Second Symposium on Prediction of the Madden-Julian Oscillation: Impacts on Weather and Climate Extremes; the Second Symposium on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation; the Stanley A. Changnon Symposium; the Edward S. Epstein Symposium; the 30th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies; the 28th Conference on Hydrology; the 26th Conference on Climate Variability and Change; the 26th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting / 22nd Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction; the 23rd Symposium on Education; the 22nd Conference on Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences; the 18th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the A&WMA; the 18th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS); the 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; the 12th History Symposium; the 12th Symposium on the Coastal Environment; the 11th Conference on Space Weather; the 11th Symposium on the Urban Environment; the Tenth Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems; the Ninth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research; the Seventh Annual CCM Forum: Certified Consulting Meteorologists; the Sixth Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions; the Fifth Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy; the Fifth Conference on Environment and Health; the Fourth Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology Special Symposium; the Fourth Conference on Transition of Research to Operations; the Fourth Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python; the Second Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise; the Second Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nationís Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events; and the Special Symposium on Severe Local Storms: The Current State of the Science and Understanding Impacts )
  5:00 PM
L3.1

5:30 PM-6:30 PM: Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Awards Banquet Reception in the Exhibit Hall

7:00 PM-10:00 PM: Wednesday, 5 February 2014


94th AMS Awards Banquet

Thursday, 6 February 2014

3:00 PM-3:05 PM: Thursday, 6 February 2014


Registration Closes

3:00 PM-3:30 PM: Thursday, 6 February 2014


Coffee Break

5:00 PM-5:05 PM: Thursday, 6 February 2014


AMS 94th Annual Meeting Adjourns