About

Mission

Learning the Earth with Artificial Intelligence and Physics (LEAP) is an NSF Science Technology Center (STC) launched in 2021.

A LEAP forward in the reliability, utility, and reach of climate projections through synergistic innovations in data science and climate science

Shortcomings in both climate science and computing capacities limit the accuracy of climate projections needed for optimal adaptation and resilience to climate change. Our team sees tremendous promise in developing a convergent approach integrating machine learning and climate simulations that can substantially reduce uncertainty in climate projections through 2050. This ambitious endeavor will engage our nation’s top climate research laboratories (e.g., NCAR and NASA GISS) with major computing organizations (e.g., Google) and a diverse array of stakeholders, from companies to community organizations, that can benefit from more accurate projections. Ameliorating this critical shortcoming is a worthy and necessary venture for our nation and the world, and could improve life for generations to come.

People

pierre gentine

Pierre Gentine

Director, LEAP; Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Departments of Earth and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

galen mckinley

Galen McKinley

Deputy Director, LEAP; Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Affiliate Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering

Tian Zheng

Tian Zheng

Chief Convergence Officer & Education Director, LEAP; Professor & Chair of the Department of Statistics, Columbia University; Affiliate Member of the Data Science Institute

Courtney Cogburn

Courtney D. Cogburn

Chief Equity Officer & Knowledge Transfer Director, LEAP; Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University; Affiliate Member of the Data Science Institute

Ryan Abernathey

Ryan Abernathey

Data & Computation Director, LEAP; Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Affiliate Member of the Data Science Institute

Laure Zanna

Laure Zanna

Geoscience Director, LEAP; Professor of Mathematics & Atmosphere/Ocean Science at the Courant Institute of NYU; Affiliate Member of the Center for Data Science at NYU

Carl Vondrick

Carl Vondrick

Data Science Director, LEAP; Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University

Michael Pritchard

Michael Pritchard

Institutional Integration Director, LEAP; Associate Professor of Earth Systems Science at University of California at Irvine

David Lawrence

David Lawrence

NCAR Model Development Liaison, LEAP; Senior Scientist and Section Head at NCAR

Vanessa Burbano

Vanessa Burbano

Corporate Engagement Director, LEAP; Sidney Taurel Associate Professor of Management at Columbia Business School, Columbia University

Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin

Public Engagement Director, LEAP; Director, Initiative on Communication Innovation and Impact at The Earth Institute of Columbia University

Erin Morey

Erin Morey

Managing Director, LEAP

Partners

Academic

  • NYU
  • UC Irvine
  • U Minnesota
  • Teachers College
  • Mila (University of Montreal)

Climate modeling laboratories

  • NCAR
  • NASA GISS

Private partners and public institutions

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Four Twenty Seven
  • PIMCO
  • Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability
  • NYC Climate Policy & Programs
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Cubico
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • The Trust for Governors Island
  • NSBE Climate
  • Central Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
  • Blackspace
  • Gizmodo
  • PepsiCo
  • Urban Climate Change Research Network
  • Earth Journalism Network

Support Us

Help support our grand challenge to develop the next generation of climate model and climate projection for tailored adaptation. Please contact Eric Vieira, Director of Strategic Collaborations, if you would like to support LEAP.
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