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Mike Little: "AIST: investing in the future of Earth Science; 20 years out."

Abstract: The Earth Science Technology Office invests $15M a year in advanced Information Technology to provide tools and capabilities for use in the 5-20 year timeframe through the Advanced Information Systems Technology (AIST) Program. Earth Science is beginning to see the value of Machine Learning techniques to help translate large volumes of remote sensing data into a more comprehensive and deeper understanding of natural phenomena. These efforts are starting to coalesce around the concept of Analytic Centers, which are an environment in which all relevant data and the tools to analyze it are available to a particular community. Machine learning and statistical analysis are being funded, in some form, in 12 of 22 AIST16 Projects. Recent lessons learned and needs from the science community will be discussed.

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