Joint Session 7 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences

Program Chairs: Lakshmanan Valliappa , Google ; Philipe Tissot , Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

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Monday, 23 January 2017

12:00 PM-1:30 PM: Monday, 23 January 2017


Lunch Break

1:30 PM-2:00 PM: Monday, 23 January 2017

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Lecture 1
Walter Orr Roberts Lecture
Location: Conference Center: Tahoma 2 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 33rd Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies; the 31st Conference on Hydrology; the 29th Conference on Climate Variability and Change; the 28th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting / 24th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction; the 26th Symposium on Education; the 21st Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface; the 19th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry; the 18th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology; the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; the 15th Symposium on the Coastal Environment; the 14th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography; the 14th Conference on Space Weather; the 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems; the Major Weather Impacts of 2016; the 12th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice; the Ninth Symposium on Aerosol–Cloud–Climate Interactions; the Eighth Conference on Weather, Climate, Water and the New Energy Economy; the Eighth Conference on Environment and Health; the Eighth Symposium on Lidar Atmospheric Applications; the Eighth Conference on the Meteorological Application of Lightning Data; the Seventh Conference on Transition of Research to Operations; the Seventh Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python; the Fifth Symposium on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise; the Fifth Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation’s Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events; the Fifth Symposium on Prediction of the Madden-Julian Oscillation: Processes, Prediction and Impact; the Second Symposium on US-International Partnerships; and the 13th Symposium of the Urban Environment )
Speaker: Cynthia Rosenzweig, Columbia University
1:30 PM
L1.1

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Monday, 23 January 2017

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Session 1
Statistical Learning
Location: 310 (Washington State Convention Center )
Host: 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Chair: Caren Marzban, University of Washington
1:30 PM
1.1
On the Shape of Data
Caren Marzban, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; and U. Yurtsever
1:45 PM
1.2
The Comparison of Several Statistical Retrieval Methods Used in Retrieving Temperature and Moisture Vertical Profiles
Kun Zhang, Beijing Piesat Information & Technology Limited, Beijing, China; and P. Dong
2:00 PM
1.3
2:15 PM
1.4
Optimized Sampling for Temporally Varying Source Emissions
Steven R. Chiswell, Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC

2:30 PM-4:00 PM: Monday, 23 January 2017


Formal Poster Viewing with Coffee Break
Location: 4E (Washington State Convention Center )

4:00 PM-5:30 PM: Monday, 23 January 2017

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Session 2
Machine Learning
Location: 310 (Washington State Convention Center )
Host: 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Chair: William W. Hsieh, University of British Columbia
4:00 PM
2.1
On the Complexity of Neural-Network-Learned Functions
Caren Marzban, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; and R. Viswanathan
4:15 PM
2.2
Examination of Spatial Relationships Using Machine Learning Techniques
Laura Clemente-Harding, ERDC, Alexandria, VA; and G. Cervone, L. Delle Monache, and S. E. Haupt
4:30 PM
2.3
Online Learning Using Extreme Learning Machines with Self-Adapting Complexity
Aranildo R. Lima, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; and W. W. Hsieh and A. J. Cannon

5:30 PM-7:30 PM: Monday, 23 January 2017


Reception and Exhibits Opening
Location: 4AB (Washington State Convention Center )

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

8:30 AM-10:00 AM: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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Session 3
Machine Learning Part II
Location: 310 (Washington State Convention Center )
Host: 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Chair: Beth Ann Reid, Climate Corporation
9:00 AM
3.3
Determination of CERES TOA Fluxes Using Machine-Learning Algorithms
Bijoy Vengasseril Thampi, SSAI, Hampton, VA; and T. Wong, C. Lukashin, and N. Loeb
Manuscript (59.4 kB)

9:15 AM
3.4

10:00 AM-10:30 AM: Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Coffee Break
Location: 4AB (Washington State Convention Center )

10:30 AM-11:30 AM: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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Session 4
Machine Learning Part III
Location: 310 (Washington State Convention Center )
Host: 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences
Chair: Carlos Felipe Gaitan, University of British Columbia
10:30 AM
4.1
11:15 AM
4.4
Using Machine Learning for Travel Time Prediction in the Colorado Rockies
William Petzke, NCAR, Boulder, CO; and G. Wiener, T. Brummet, S. Linden, and A. Anderson

12:00 PM-1:30 PM: Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Lunch Break

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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Joint Session 1
Data Intensive Computation and Big Data
Location: Conference Center: Chelan 5 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the Seventh Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python; and the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences )
Chair: Sheri Mickelson, NCAR
1:30 PM
J1.1
Automated Climate and Weather Data Analysis with "aospy"
Spencer A. Hill, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; and S. Clark
1:45 PM
J1.2
CEWE: A Python Summary Statistics Tool for Massive Data Analysis
A.C.P. Oude Nijhuis, University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands; and O. A. Krasnov, C. M. H. Unal, H. W. J. Russchenberg, and A. Yarovoy
2:15 PM
J1.4
Summary Statistics for Climate Modes of Variability in the PCMDI Metrics Package
Jiwoo LEE, LLNL, Livermore, CA; and P. J. Gleckler, C. Doutriaux, P. Durack, K. R. Sperber, C. Bonfils, K. E. Taylor, and D. Williams

2:30 PM-4:00 PM: Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Formal Poster Viewing with Coffee Break
Location: 4E (Washington State Convention Center )

4:00 PM-5:30 PM: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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Joint Session 2
Advances in the Use of Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Support of Aviation, Range and Aerospace Operations
Location: Conference Center: Skagit 2 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 18th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology; and the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences )
Cochairs: Jason C. Knievel, NCAR; Haig Iskenderian, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
4:15 PM
J2.2
Using Convolutional Neural Networks to Create Radar-like Precipitation Analyses for Aviation
Mark S. Veillette, FAA, Washington, DC; and E. P. Hassey, C. J. Mattioli, H. Iskenderian, and P. M. Lamey
4:30 PM
J2.3
Forecasting Low-Visibility Conditions at Vienna Airport with Tree-Based Statistical Models
Sebastian Josef Dietz, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria; and P. Kneringer, G. J. Mayr, and A. Zeileis
4:45 PM
J2.5
WSR-88D Chaff Detection and Characterization using an Optimized Hydrometeor Classification Algorithm
James M. Kurdzo, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA; and B. J. Bennett, M. S. Veillette, D. J. Smalley, E. R. Williams, and M. F. Donovan
5:00 PM
J2.6
A Neural Network Emulator for Microphysics Schemes
Vladimir Krasnopolsky, NOAA/NWS/NCEP, Camp Springs, MD; and J. Middlecoff, J. Beck, I. Geresdi, and Z. Toth

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

8:30 AM-10:00 AM: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

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Joint Session 8
Cloud Computing, Part I
Location: 611 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; and the 33rd Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies )
Cochairs: Nazila Merati, Merati and Associates; Michael Baldwin, Purdue University
9:30 AM
J8.5
Containerization of Weather Forecasting Platforms: Benefits and Challenges
Timothy Lynar, IBM Research, Carlton, Australia; and F. Suits, R. Kerr, J. Wagner, and B. Buesser

9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

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Joint Session 3
Data Analysis: Big Data Analytics in the Ocean/Weather/Climate Enterprise
Location: 310 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; and the Third Symposium on High Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate )
Cochairs: David John Gagne, NCAR; Gerry Creager, NSSL
9:15 AM
J3.2
Computational Intelligence for Processing Big Data from Environmental Satellites
Diego Loyola, DLR German Aerospace Center, Wessling, Germany

9:30 AM
J3.3
9:45 AM
J3.4
Update to NOAA's Observing System Architecture Assessment Capabilities
Aaron Pratt, Riverside Technology Inc., Silver Spring, MD; and D. Helms, L. Cantrell Jr., R. Reining, and V. Ries

10:00 AM-10:30 AM: Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Coffee Break
Location: 4AB (Washington State Convention Center )

10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

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Joint Session 10
Cloud Computing, Part II
Location: 611 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; and the 33rd Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies )
Cochairs: Nazila Merati, Merati and Associates; Michael Baldwin, Purdue University
10:45 AM
J10.2
ROC GENI: The CASA On Demand Radar Operations Center
Eric J. Lyons, CASA/Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; and M. Zink, D. Bhat, P. Dattatri, and C. Wang

11:00 AM
J10.3
Processing WSR-88D Level 2 Radar Data using WDSS-II on Amazon Web Services
Anthony E. Reinhart, OU/CIMMS & NOAA/OAR/NSSL, Norman, OK; and K. L. Ortega and T. M. Smith
11:30 AM
J10.5
How Elastic Cloud Computing Enables Efficient, Very High Resolution, Real-Time Radar Processing
Chris Porter, Weather Decision Technologies, Inc., Norman, OK; and N. A. Lock, A. J. MacKenzie, and M. Orr
11:45 AM
J10.6
Running Climate Model in the Commercial Cloud Computing Environment: A Case Study Using Community Earth System Model (CESM)
Xiuhong Chen, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and X. Huang, C. Jiao, M. G. Flanner, T. Raeker, and B. Palen

12:00 PM-1:30 PM: Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Lunch Break

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

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Lecture 2
Horton Lecture
Location: 602 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 20th Conference of Atmospheric Science Librarians International; the Second Symposium on Multi-scale Atmospheric Predictability; the Observation Symposium: Progress, Problems, and Prospects; the 33rd Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies; the 29th Conference on Climate Variability and Change; the 28th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting / 24th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction; the 26th Symposium on Education; the 21st Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface; the 19th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry; the 18th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology; the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences; the 15th Symposium on the Coastal Environment; the 14th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography; the 14th Conference on Space Weather; the 13th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems; the Major Weather Impacts of 2016; the 13th Symposium of the Urban Environment; the 12th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice; the Ninth Symposium on Aerosol–Cloud–Climate Interactions; the Eighth Conference on Weather, Climate, Water and the New Energy Economy; the Eighth Conference on Environment and Health; the Eighth Symposium on Lidar Atmospheric Applications; the Eighth Conference on the Meteorological Application of Lightning Data; the Seventh Conference on Transition of Research to Operations; the 31st Conference on Hydrology; the Fifth Symposium on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise; the Fifth Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation’s Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events; the Fifth AMS Symposium on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation; the Fifth Symposium on Prediction of the Madden-Julian Oscillation: Processes, Prediction and Impact; the Third Symposium on High Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate; the Special Symposium on Greening the Built Environment; and the Events )
Organizer: John B. Eylander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lecturer: Hoshin V. Gupta, University of Arizona
Cochairs: Michael Ek, NOAA; David J. Gochis, NCAR; John N. McHenry, Baron Advanced Meteorological Systems, LLC
1:30 PM
L2.1
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Joint Session 13
The NOAA Big Data CRADAs-An Update and a Look at the Opportunities They Pose for the AMS Community and Its Members
Location: 608 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 33rd Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies; and the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences )
Organizers: Michael E. Baldwin, Purdue Univ.; Nazila Merati, Merati and Associates
Moderator: Mohan Ramamurthy, UCAR
Panelists: Jed Sundwall, Amazon Web Services; Zachary Flaming, University of Chicago Center for Data Intensive Science; Edward J. Kearns, NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI; Jeff Weber, UCAR
1:30 PM
OCC Data - Zac Flamig

2:30 PM-4:00 PM: Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Formal Poster Viewing with Coffee Break
Location: 4E (Washington State Convention Center )

5:30 PM-6:30 PM: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

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Awards Banquet Reception
Location: 4AB (Washington State Convention Center )
5:30 PM
Awards Banquet Reception

7:00 PM-10:00 PM: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

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97th AMS Awards Banquet
Location: Ballroom 6ABCE (Washington State Convention Center )
7:00 PM
97th AMS Awards Banquet

Thursday, 26 January 2017

8:00 AM-9:30 AM: Thursday, 26 January 2017

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Joint Session 9
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications in Real-World Hydrologic Problems: How Much Did It Rain?
Location: 602 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the 31st Conference on Hydrology; and the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences )
Cochairs: Francisco M. Alvarez, Saint Louis University; John N. McHenry, Baron Advanced Meteorological Systems, LLC
8:00 AM
J9.1
Assessing Methods to Temporally Disaggregate Precipitation for Model Simulation and Calibration
Violeta Toma, Climate Forecast Applications Network, Reno, NV; and M. D. Zuluaga and J. Williams
8:15 AM
J9.2
Development of a Bias Correction Algorithm for Near-Real Time Satellite Rainfall Observations for Flood Forecasting in Poorly Gauged Basins
Jianning Ren, Washington State University, Pullman, WA; and M. Rasmy, Y. Shibuo, Y. Iwami, T. Koike, and J. C. Adam
8:45 AM
J9.4
A Study on the Climatological Characteristics of DSD between Spring and Autumn Season in Korea
Geun-Hoo Kim, Pukyong National Univ., Busan, Korea, Republic of (South); and D. I. Lee, S. H. Suh, D. K. Kim, and D. H. Ha
9:00 AM
J9.5
Drop Size Distribution Characteristics by Vertical Wind in Orographic Precipitation
Hyeonjoon Kim, Pukyong National University, Busan, Korea, Republic of (South); and D. I. Lee, C. H. You, and D. K. Kim
9:15 AM
J9.6
Rainfall Enhancement by Orographic Effects on the Mt. Jiri, Korea
Yu-Bin Lee, Pukyong National University, Busan, Korea, Republic of (South); and Y. Kang, D. K. Kim, D. I. Lee, and D. H. Ha

9:30 AM-10:30 AM: Thursday, 26 January 2017


Exhibit Hall Breakfast
Location: 4AB (Washington State Convention Center )

12:00 PM-1:30 PM: Thursday, 26 January 2017


Lunch Break

3:00 PM-3:30 PM: Thursday, 26 January 2017


Coffee Break
Location: Skybridge (Washington State Convention Center )

3:30 PM-5:00 PM: Thursday, 26 January 2017

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Joint Session 7
Statistical and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Applications in the Energy Sector
Location: 606 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the Eighth Conference on Weather, Climate, Water and the New Energy Economy; and the 15th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences )
Cochairs: Sue Ellen Haupt, NCAR; David John Gagne, NCAR
4:00 PM
J7.3
Coupled NWP and Adaptive Machine Learning to Improve Solar and Wind Energy Forecasting for the State of Vermont
Lloyd Treinish, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY; and Y. Kim, A. Praino, I. Khabibrakhmanov, J. Cipriani, M. Coombs, and A. Stamp
4:30 PM
J7.5A