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Artificial intelligence and machine learning

We apply artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to address environmental challenges

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) is a rapidly growing and increasingly important research technique, with potential applications in all aspects of research. As more and more environmental data is collected, AI/ML is playing a vital role in analysing, interpreting, and producing meaningful outputs for use by other researchers and wider society.

Through the NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS), PML has a team of AI/ML experts that can consult, advise, train, and provide support on the development and use of AI/ML in environmental research.

Alongside PML’s AI/ML experts, state-of-the-art AI infrastructure has been installed in a bespoke, energy efficient data centre. The MAssive GPU cluster for Earth Observation (MAGEO) is an incredibly powerful computer intended to apply artificial intelligence algorithms to Earth observation (EO) data, to help develop ‘environmental intelligence’ applications that leverage patterns in the natural world. Work already undertaken on the system includes research on wildfires, oil spills, microplastic detection and habitat mapping

Selected publications

Smyth T, Moffat D, Tarran G, Sathyendranath S, Ribalet F, Casey J. Determining drivers of phytoplankton carbon to chlorophyll ratio at Atlantic Basin scale. Frontiers in Marine Science. 2023 Jul 11.

Skakala, J., Awty-Carroll, K., Menon, P. P., Wang, K., & Lessin, G. (2023). Future digital twins: emulating a highly complex marine biogeochemical model with machine learning to predict hypoxia. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10, 1058837.

Biermann, L; Clewley, D; Martinez-Vicente, V; Topouzelis, K; 2020. Finding Plastic Patches in Coastal Waters using Optical Satellite Data. Scientific Reports.

Graban, S; Dall’Olmo, G; Goult, S; Sauzède, R; 2020. Accurate deep-learning estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration from the spectral particulate beam-attenuation coefficient. Optics Express.

Campbell, AM; Racault, MF; Goult, S; Laurenson, A; 2020. Cholera Risk: A Machine Learning Approach Applied to Essential Climate Variables. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Kerr, T; Clark, JR; Fileman, ES; Widdicombe CE; Pugeault, N; 2020. Collaborative Deep Learning Models to Handle Class Imbalance in FlowCam Plankton Imagery. IEEE Access.

People who work in this area of research

Deep S. Banerjee

Modelling Scientist
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Dr James Clark

Marine Ecosystem Modeller
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Dr Dan Clewley

Senior Research Software Engineer
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Professor Steve Groom

Head of Science - Earth Observation
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Dr Angus Laurenson

Scientific Python Guru
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Dr David Moffat

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Data Scientist
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Professor Matthew Palmer

Head of Science - Digital Innovation & Marine Autonomy
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Silvia Pardo

Earth Observation Scientist
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Dr Dale Partridge

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Dr Saskia Rühl

Digital Marine Biologist
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Dr Jozef Skakala

Ecosystem modeller
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