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 12 May 2016

The UBC Climate Prediction Group is devoted to the study of short-term climate variability and prediction, and to the development of neural networks and other machine learning methods for nonlinear multivariate and time series analysis. Presently we issue regular forecasts on the tropical Pacific sea surface temperature anomalies. The forecasts are issued around the middle of the month. Our neural network codes are also freely downloadable.


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

Our Climate Forecasts

(Caveat: While we have given our best efforts in these forecasts, we can never be certain how Mother Nature will behave!)


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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