Awarded $10,000 Microsoft AI for Earth grant to study marine heatwaves

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Marine heatwaves are becoming ubiquitous features of our changing oceans that seem to reoccur in some regions more frequently than others. Why, you might ask? To answer this we proposed to use Microsoft Azure to integrate AI tools with petabyte-sized climate model data to identify and map ocean regions most susceptible to marine heatwaves in past, present, and future climates.

Integral Big Data Research Award

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"Big data is building the relational data structures that facilitate problem-solving"

- Integral Consulting Inc.

Thrilled to be selected as one of the recipients of the 2018 Integral Consulting Inc. Environmental Big Data Research Fellowship.  This award supports my PhD research that applies machine learning methods to remote-sensing data and climate model output to better understand and predict marine heatwaves! 

November 13, 2018 Update: Under Integral Consulting Inc. sponsorship, I was able to attended the 8th International Workshop and Hackathon on Climate Informatics at the National Center of Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO from September 19-21. This was a huge success and opportunity to learn from and network with others using machine learning to understand the climate system.

Photo Credit: Emily Adams. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Our Policy Brief on Climate Change Wins International Competition in The New York Times!

The New York Times and Association of Pacific Rim Universities recognized and published policy recommendations authored by myself and three other University of Washington graduate students that address the impacts of harmful algal blooms along the U.S. West Coast. The overall goal of our policy brief was to continue to protect public health while sustaining vibrant West Coast communities.  We proposed a framework to bring together Washington, Oregon and California to improve harmful algal bloom prediction, information sharing, economic mitigation and response.

These recommendations were published in the August international edition of The New York Times and a copy of our policy brief, along with the top 10 submission to the contest, is posted here. We intend to use this international platform to move our ideas forward on harmful algal bloom adaptation and mitigation. 

 Collaborating on the UW waterfront. Student authors from left to right: Hillary Scannell (Oceanography), Eleni Petrou (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences), Leah Johnson (Oceanography), Katherine Crosman (Public Policy and Governance)

Collaborating on the UW waterfront. Student authors from left to right: Hillary Scannell (Oceanography), Eleni Petrou (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences), Leah Johnson (Oceanography), Katherine Crosman (Public Policy and Governance)

Interview with Seattle's KING 5 News about Marine Heatwaves

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I recently caught up with KING 5 reporter Glenn Farley to discuss my research on the frequency of marine heatwaves and how the Pacific 'Blob' was destined to break records.

Global 'blobs' getting more extreme