UBC Climate Prediction Group

Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia, 2020-2207 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4, Canada

Updated on 9 October 2019

The UBC Climate Prediction Group is no longer active, as Professor W.W. Hsieh has retired.


Group photos taken on 2015/9/9, 2013/3/14, 2012/8/23, 2012/5/14 and 2010/9/24.

Our Climate Forecasts

Models no longer in operation:

  • Neural network model forecasts of the tropical Pacific sea surface temperature anomalies (SSTA)
  • Nonlinear canonical correlation analysis model forecasts of the tropical Pacific SSTA
  • Neural-dynamical hybrid coupled model forecasts of the tropical Pacific SSTA

  • Book

    Published by
    Cambridge University Press
    Machine Learning Methods in the Environmental Sciences
    Neural Network and Kernels

    William W. Hsieh

    Machine learning, a major subfield of computational intelligence (i.e. artificial intelligence), uses computational methods to extract information from data. Neural network methods, generally regarded as forming the first wave of breakthrough in machine learning, became popular in the late 1980s, while kernel methods arrived in a second wave in the mid-to-late 1990s.

    Machine learning methods began to infiltrate the environmental sciences in the 1990s. Today, thanks to their powerful nonlinear modelling capability, they are no longer an exotic fringe species, as they are heavily used in satellite data processing, in general circulation models (GCM) for emulating physics, in the post-processing of GCM model outputs, in weather and climate prediction, air quality forecasting, analysis and modelling of environmental data, oceanographic and hydrological forecasting, ecological modelling, and in the monitoring of snow, ice and forests, etc.

    This book presents machine learning methods and their applications in the environmental sciences (including satellite remote sensing, atmospheric science, climate science, oceanography, hydrology and ecology), written at a level suitable for beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates. It is also aimed at researchers/practitioners in environmental sciences interested in applying these new methods to their own work.

    More details at the Cambridge Univ. Press site

    Resources website for the book (including video lectures)

    Book can be ordered from www.amazon.com


    Download our codes and figures


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