World experts in climate change and artificial intelligence gather this week in Valencia

From October 16 to 20, Valencia becomes the epicentre of two scientific events held at ADEIT and which bring together world-renowned experts in two interconnected fields: climate change and artificial intelligence. Organised by the University of Valencia, the events focus on the detection and attribution of extreme climate events, such as droughts, heat waves, floods, fires and hurricanes, as well as the application of artificial intelligence in this context.

In a world marked by the climate emergency, the relevance of understanding and combating climate extremes is more pressing than ever. Droughts, floods, fires and other manifestations of the climate crisis impact our lives with increasing intensity. In this critical context, Valencia becomes the epicentre of global collaboration by bringing together experts in climate science and artificial intelligence to develop innovative solutions. Fighting climate extremes is essential in the face of imminent climate challenges affecting communities around the world.

The first of these meetings is held between October 16 and 18 as part of the European scientific project "XAIDA: Extreme Events - Artificial Intelligence for Detection and Attribution" . This project brings together some of the most prominent researchers in the field of climate science and artificial intelligence, with a clear objective: to develop new artificial intelligence algorithms that allow the accurate detection and attribution of extreme climate events. The participation of Erika Coppola , Davide Faranda , Miguel Mahecha , Robert Vautard , Laura Suarez-Gutierrez , Sebastian Sippel , Freddi Otto , Dim Coumou Sonia Seneviratne stands out. The University of Valencia is an active partner in this project, where the team led by the full professor of Electronic Engineering Gustau Camps-Valls has stood out in the development of algorithms for early detection of droughts, floods and fires.

The second event, "Extreme event detection, analysis and explanation", is held on October 19 and 20 under the framework of the ELISE ELLIS (European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems) network. On this occasion, artificial intelligence experts will explore the capacity of machine learning techniques to face the challenges of climate change. Around 40 AI scientists will participate, including members of emblematic projects such as CLINT , ERC USMILE , DeepExtremes , XAIDA , Deepcube and AI4PEX. The agenda includes specific talks, open discussions, a hackathon and the writing of a white paper on the role of AI in detecting climate extremes.

These meetings will offer a platform to present the latest technologies and methodological advances in the detection of climate extremes, the assessment of impacts and risks and the causal understanding of these events. Both meetings are held at the Universitat-Empresa Foundation of the University of Valencia (ADEIT) and are coordinated by Gustau Camps-Valls, who co-directs, together with Markus Reichstein, the research program entitled "Machine learning for Earth and climate sciences" .