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  • Sept 12-17, 2021 NOAA Workshop on Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences

    This hybrid workshop is a continuation of the NOAA series of workshops on “Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences.” The third event continues the successes of previous workshops and encourages participation by scientists, program managers, and leaders from the public, academic and private sectors who work in AI and environmental sciences. The theme for this year’s workshop is “Transforming Weather, Climate Services, and Blue Economy with Artificial Intelligence.” As a hybrid event, in-person capacity at Boulder will be limited in accordance with the most recent public health guideline while the virtual event will be open broadly to the public. SEE MORE INFO>>> Call for Abstracts The workshop is currently accepting abstracts relevant to the theme of this year’s workshop until June 18, 2021. The major topics that will be covered by this workshop include: AI for Weather & Climate: Using AI to advance the understanding of weather and climate systems and improve the capability to predict extreme events and future changes. AI for Blue Economy: Using AI to enhance all sectors of the American Blue Economy, such as fishery stock assessment, efficient marine resource surveys, automated data acquisition and analysis, image processing, coastal resilience planning, and protection of the marine ecosystem. Workforce Development & Education: Development and educational activities to promote workforce proficiency and increase workforce diversity around AI. Research-to-Operation/Commercialization (R2X) for AI: Examples and lessons learned on how to transfer AI-based research into operational and/or commercial products. Trustworthy & Responsible AI in Environmental Sciences: Tools and case studies to address the ethical concerns of AI applications in environmental sciences and their societal impacts, such as explainable AI and risk communication. Seamless AI Systems: Development of end-to-end AI-based systems that provide workflows, products, and/or services to build customized AI applications for end-users. Community of Practice: Strategies and examples of how to organize communities of practice around AI in environmental sciences to accelerate the adoption of AI and the collaborations with communities of practice that are relevant to other NOAA’s Science and Technology focus areas. Tools, Resources & Datasets: Development of open source tools, resources, and datasets to improve the efficiency and efficacy of AI applications in environmental sciences, such as deep learning tools, reference datasets for AI application benchmarking, and AI-ready data development.

  • Watch: USDA RMRS - A West-Wide Rangeland Wildfire Fuel Assessment

    Reading the Tea Leaves is a monthly recorded series with Dr. Matt Reeves - a USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Research Ecologist specializing in remote sensing and ecological modeling. Dr. Reeves analyzes current rangeland fuel conditions across the west, with emphasis on emerging hotspots. New episodes will be posted on the first Monday of every month and more frequently as the summer progresses. Projections are based on Reeves' Fuelcasting system, a new program that provides projections of expected fuel conditions this grazing season. It is an important component of the Rangeland Production Monitoring System. Check out the series on-demand here. Projections are based on Reeves' Fuelcasting system, a new program that provides projections of expected fuel conditions this grazing season. It is an important component of the Rangeland Production Monitoring System. June 3, 2021 - A special live edition of Reading the Tea Leaves with Dr. Dan McEvoy, Regional Climatologist, Western Regional Climate Center, and Iric Burden, Range/Weeds/Botany Program Manager, Kaibab National Forest. See the series here.

  • The LandPKS App Provides Soil Insights for Better Land Management

    Several years ago, a group of USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists saw great potential for apps in agriculture. Their foresight led them to develop “LandPKS,” an app that allows users anywhere in the world to access, collect, store, interpret and, if they wish, share soil, vegetation cover, and management data via a smart phone or tablet. The goal of LandPKS is to provide global access to knowledge for sustainable land management. Short for Land-Potential Knowledge System, LandPKS has four input modules that can be used individually or together to customize the app to the user's needs: LandInfo LandManagement LandCover SoilHealth Using GPS for pinpoint location, LandPKS allows access to vast amounts of existing, open-source data on soil, ecology, climate, and more. Much of the U.S. data is from ARS and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and each time users input data on their own soils, the app's soil identification accuracy improves. Herrick pointed out that users have the option to keep their information private if desired. So, what can it do? help users discover the value and potential of their land based on its characteristics allow access to soil information from anywhere accurately identify soil type help users track planting and harvest dates and management efforts Researchers evaluate the LandPKS mobile app for vegetation monitoring at the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range. (Shawn Salley, D4424-1)LandPKS is not just for farmers and ranchers; anyone can use it. It's a handy tool for gardeners, who can use it to help determine the soil type of their garden. Teachers are also using a curriculum unit based on the app that aligns with Next Generation Science Standards used by many states by promoting an understanding of how soils and topography determine the land's potential to support crop production. Read more and get download info

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  • Newsletter | 2020 CO-LABS

    The ScienceMatters Newsletter Get the latest events, commentary, news and updates from the brilliant research ecosystem in Colorado May 2021 Issue Excerpt below Click here to see entire May newsletter May 2021 Hello CO-LABS friends, Our country needs a profoundly urgent, proactive science and technology ramp-up akin to previous national mobilizations around getting to the moon, creating the national highway system, mobilizing for WWII and similar major collective visionary efforts in our national security interest. Our position as the global leader in technology R&D and innovation advances is teetering in numerous realms. China's Belt & Road infrastructure program, our global standing in STEM education and internet based cyber-espionage are existential threats to our innovation leadership and hence national security. Biosecurity issues from public health to food system stability to extreme weather events are omnipresent and intertwined. The urgent need for new energy paradigms and related transportation and resilient building infrastructure investments are unrelenting priorities. And yet, fortunately - in Colorado dozens of brilliant federal laboratories and partners in academia and technology transfer are bursting from the churn of 2020 with discoveries, ideas, collaborations and manifesting their science more quickly than ever. Quantum mechanics, infectious disease research, new energy tech, aerospace-informed discoveries, vast computing capabilities to measure, assess and model natural systems - so much is being brought forward as options and solutions to our challenges! With proposed streamlining of federal laws and various incubators, accelerators, grant and prize programs, VC funding symposiums etc. - we have large pieces of our necessary national scientific enterprise gathering momentum here in Colorado - indeed leading the way in many cases. Thanks for your support, and please keep promoting, educating and connecting our crucial research ecosystem! Sincerely, Dan Powers Executive Director, CO-LABS

  • Board of Directors 2020 CO-LABS

    2020 Board of Directors Dr. Alan Rudolph Chair Vice President for Research Colorado State University Dr. Makenzie Lystrup Vice Chair Vice President and General Manager of Civil Space Ball Aerospace Vacant Secretary Research Laboratory Representative Kristina Kesselring, CPA Treasurer Accenture Accounting ​ Dr. Adam Bratis Board Director Associate Laboratory Director National Renewable Energy Laboratory Dr. Victor Bright Board Director Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research University of Colorado- Boulder Dr. Antonio Busalacchi Board Director President University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Bruce Dahl Board Director Partner, Intellectual Property Fennemore Craig, PC Craig Eicher Board Director Regional Director Xcel Energy Vacant Board Director Economic Development Edgar Johansson Board Director Director of Strategic Programs Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) Vicky Lea Board Director Aerospace Industry Lead Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Chris McKay Board Director Chief of Operations Battelle/National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Dr. Susanna Visser Board Director Policy Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Vector Borne Diseases Will Vaughan Board Director Technology Transfer Director Colorado School of Mines STAFF Dan Powers ​ Executive Director

  • Podcast | 2020 CO-LABS

    00:00 / 01:04 Questions like: ​ What impact do you see in the next five years? What is a misunderstood aspect of your research? Is there an urban legend of "what they really do in there?" ​ ​ ​

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