As a program in the formulation stage, the NCAI development team is made up of members from several of NOAA’s Line Offices.
With functionalities distributed across NOAA, the Center is programmatically organized under the National Centers for Environment Information (NCEI).
NCAI teams develop and further the mission and vision of the organization. They volunteer their time to create a new environment within NOAA to further the knowledge and skills of the workforce, and promote collaboration in scientific development, both within the organization, and with external partners and stakeholders.
AI/ML tools accelerate analysis of large volumes of data in order to speed scientific discoveries that inform U.S. fishery and ocean management policy. Faster analysis will also allow NOAA scientists to answer a larger number of questions using a given dataset, increasing the value of the data collected using U.S. tax dollars.
2019FallNOAA announces Science and Technology (S&T) Focus Areas, AI being one of four
2020WinterAI S&T Strategy released
2020SummerSummer Challenge begins to interview more than 40 NOAA staff to determine the extent and scope of AI/ML practices within NOAA and determine needs to advance AI/ML adoption in NOAA.
Three summer challenge demonstration projects get underway: Water Column Sonar, ZarrDAP Land Surface Temperature, Magnetic Modeling (Dst)
2nd NOAA AI Workshop held virtually and NCAI-level Community of Practice is officially launched
2021WinterNational Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) officially authorizes the NCAI; The National AI Initiative Act of 2020 becomes law, and AI.gov is soon launched
2021SummerNCAI Lead Rob Redmon selected, and 3rd AI Workshop scheduled