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NASA and IBM Collaborate to Develop Revolutionary AI Model for Weather and Climate Applications

NASA IBM Collaborate Develop Revolutionary Model
The Silicon Review
28 May, 2024

This collaborative effort exemplifies NASA’s commitment to open science

In a groundbreaking collaboration, NASA and IBM Research have unveiled the Prithvi-weather-climate foundational model, a cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) system designed to revolutionize weather and climate forecasting. Leveraging AI technology, this innovative model promises to enhance the resolution of regional and local weather predictions, marking a significant advancement in our understanding of weather dynamics. The Prithvi-weather-climate model, developed through a joint effort between NASA’s Earth Science Division and IBM Research, utilizes vast datasets such as NASA’s Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA-2) to train its algorithms. By applying AI to extract patterns from this data, the model can generate highly accurate forecasts for various weather scenarios.

Karen St. Germain, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, emphasizes the urgency of advancing Earth science to address the rapidly changing climate. She highlights the model's potential to provide actionable insights for decision-makers, enabling better preparedness and response to weather-related challenges. The Prithvi-weather-climate model unlocks a wide array of applications, including the identification and forecasting of extreme weather events, localized weather predictions, and improved global climate simulations. Its flexibility allows it to depict intricate atmospheric physics without sacrificing detail, making it a valuable tool for researchers worldwide.

Rahul Ramachandran, leader of NASA’s Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team, underscores the model's role in augmenting NASA’s capabilities to derive insights from Earth observations. This collaborative effort exemplifies NASA’s commitment to open science, with the model being made available through platforms like Hugging Face for global accessibility.