CISL Seminar: NOAA Center for Artificial Intelligence: Progress Toward an AI-Ready Agency

May. 18, 2022

1:00 – 2:00 pm MDT


Speaker: Dr. Robert Redmon, NOAA



The 2020 National AI Initiative Act authorized a coordinated program across the Federal government to accelerate AI research and application for the Nation’s economic prosperity. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) established a Center for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) to coordinate the adoption of trustworthy and responsible AI research, development, acquisition, application, information exchange, and plans to develop a public portal with open source NOAA AI applications. To foster NOAA’s AI proficiency, workforce development, and leadership, NCAI will host training events and workshops, facilitate application transition from research to operations/commercialization, aid in the governance of AI, and facilitate new partnerships across industry, academia, and government.

As with other science-based agencies, NOAA recognizes the benefits of AI in core mission areas of environmental observation, data ingest and stewardship, climate, weather and ocean forecast and prediction, and marine ecosystem and fisheries management. 

To realize transformative advancements in the quality, scope, and timeliness of NOAA's environmental science, products, and services, NOAA has established a strategy designed to accelerate and integrate AI into key mission areas:  enhanced forecast performance and skills,  increased efficiency and cost effectiveness in data-related NOAA mission areas, and  innovative ways to capitalize NOAA data assets. Our emerging NCAI will help equitably empower NOAA’s workforce, partners, and the public to tackle societal challenges.

This presentation illustrates NCAI’s formulation phase experiences, including the emergence of our Community of Practice; our upcoming annual AI interactive workshop focusing on fire weather, ocean conservation, and interoperable Digital Twins; training needs assessments; and development of an AI-ready standard for open environmental data.


Dr. Robert Redmon is a senior scientist with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) where he serves as the lead for both the NOAA Center for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) and the Space Weather Follow On (SWFO) Science Center.

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