Learning to discover climate trends in large datasets

The third course of the Future Earth Research School on “Data science and machine learning for climate research” kicked off in Bertinoro (FC) on June 5, 2023. Students will learn how to navigate the large amount of climate data collected and stored thanks to advancing technologies. Capturing the underlying trends in big data is one of the main challenges of current and future climate research. 

Through a comprehensive overview of the mathematical foundations of machine learning and a focus on methods for the analysis of complex systems, the third course of the Future Earth Research School (FERS) on “Data science and machine learning for climate research” provides students with an overall knowledge of different climate modeling frameworks. The course kicked off in Bertinoro (FC), Italy, on June 5, 2023, gathering participants from 13 various countries. 

Stefan Klus, associate professor in mathematics at the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, led the course faculty surrounded by distinguished experts and professors in mathematics, physics, data science and sustainable development. Their expertise ranges from machine learning to dynamical systems theory and climate sciences; the goal will be to showcase how machine learning and climate science can blend to improve research efficiency. 

Different and novel applications of machine learning to climate modeling and forecasting will be presented to the students with a critical approach, discussing possible limitations and open problems. Participants will first attend theoretical lectures to apply the concepts studied in tutorials, programming exercises, discussions and group work. The course will provide the new generations of researchers with the tools to elaborate complex and large datasets and contribute to a better understanding of our present and future earth’s climate. 

Coordinated by the CMCC Foundation and funded by the Emilia-Romagna Region, FERS provides high-level scientific courses that give researchers the tools to understand and anticipate future global environmental challenges. A new FERS School on “Sea Level Rise and Coastal Adaptation” will be held from October 9 to 20, 2023. More information and the call for applications are published on the FERS website.

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