Toward a Collective Agenda on AI for Earth Science Data Analysis

Devis Tuia, Ribana Roscher, Jan Dirk Wegner, Nathan Jacobs, Xiaoxiang Zhu, Gustau Camps-Valls

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In past years, we have witnessed the fields of geosciences and remote sensing and artificial intelligence (AI) become closer. Thanks to the massive availability of observational data, improved simulations, and algorithmic advances, these disciplines have found common objectives and challenges to help advance the modeling and understanding of the Earth system. Despite such great opportunities, we have also observed a worrisome tendency to remain in disciplinary comfort zones, applying recent advances from AI on well-resolved remote sensing problems. Here, we take a position on the research directions for which we think the interface between these fields will have the most significant impact and become potential game changers. In our declared agenda for AI in Earth sciences, we aim to inspire researchers, especially the younger generations, to tackle these challenges for a real advance of remote sensing and the geosciences.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Specialist publicationIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine
StatePublished - Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Xiao Xiang Zhu is jointly supported by the European Research Council (ERC) under grant ERC-2016-StG-714087, by the Helmholtz Association through the Framework of Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit and Helmholtz Excellent Professorship Data Science in Earth Observation—Big Data Fusion for Urban Research, and by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the framework of the international future AI lab AI4EO. Gustau Camps-Valls was partly funded by the ERC under the ERC-SyG-2019 USMILE project (grant agreement 855187). Nathan Jacobs was partly funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (IIS-1553116). Devis Tuia is the corresponding author.

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© 2013 IEEE.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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