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R-Ladies Irvine & WiMLDS Seattle: When Climate Science Meets Data Science

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R-Ladies Irvine & WiMLDS Seattle: When Climate Science Meets Data Science

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# Schedule
Tuesday, January 19th, 5:30-7:30pm (Pacific)
5:30 - Welcome and Announcements
5:50 - Using Machine Learning and Dispersion Modeling to Predict Emissions
6:20 - Q&A for Using Machine Learning and Dispersion Modeling to Predict Emissions
6:35 - NASA Climate Data
6:50 - Q&A for NASA Climate Data
7:00 - Networking
7:30 - Meeting Adjourned

# Using Machine Learning and Dispersion Modeling to Predict Emissions
Speaker: Varsha Gopalakrishnan, PhD
Senior Consultant, Ramboll

Bio: Varsha is an environmental researcher and data scientist specializing in air quality, climate change assessment and sustainability science. She is passionate about using innovation and technology to tackle issues related to climate change and food security. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and is currently a Senior Air Quality Scientist at Ramboll, San Francisco. She is originally from Chennai, India.

Abstract: Several communities in the Bay Area are disproportionately impacted by poor air quality. Some cities have established community air monitoring programs to monitor air pollution concentrations in real-time to determine impacts to communities from various pollution sources in the area. Varsha’s talk will focus on a novel methodology developed in her work at Ramboll to determine distinct sources of emissions in the area using a combination of ambient air monitoring data, machine learning, and air dispersion modeling. The talk will focus on the results of the study and how the study provides communities an independent way to monitor emissions from nearby pollution sources.

# NASA Climate Data
Speaker: Alyssa Columbus
NASA Datanaut

Bio: Alyssa Columbus is a member of the Spring 2018 Class of NASA Datanauts, and her technical guides, tutorials, and articles have been featured by leading organizations, including Forbes, Microsoft, and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Columbus is the founder of R-Ladies Irvine and is an advocate of technological innovation, open-source software, and diversity in STEM.

Abstract: NASA offers thousands of open datasets to the public that document everything from planets and stars to oceans and atmospheres. This presentation will give a brief overview of open NASA climate data and how anyone can get involved with NASA's climate-related citizen science projects.

# Meeting Materials
All meeting materials will be sent to registered attendees after the event.

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