Broader Impacts

CISL engages in a spectrum of activities designed to broaden the laboratory’s impact through outreach, collaboration, and community engagement, and through capacity building at regional, national, and international scales. These activities have two main thrusts. First, CISL does outreach and provides training and education opportunities aimed at broadening participation and encouraging the development of the trained and diverse workforce necessary to continue advancing the scientific use of high performance computing resources. Second, CISL encourages collaboration and exchanges of information and expertise for developing shared cyberinfrastructure and standards that will advance high-performance computing, not only in the atmospheric and related sciences, but also in the general HPC community.

Theme of the Year conference
This interactive plenary session of the Fourth International Workshop on Climate Informatics brought together over 90 researchers with experience levels ranging from undergraduate students to senior scientists for knowledge sharing and networking. Climate informatics broadly refers to any research combining climate science with approaches from statistics, machine learning, and data mining. This workshop series stimulates discussion of new ideas, fosters new collaborations, grows the climate informatics community, and accelerates discovery across research disciplines.

Clear examples of how CISL’s education efforts broaden the laboratory’s impact on the U.S. STEM workforce arise yearly from CISL’s internship program SIParCS and IMAGe's Theme of the Year (TOY) interdisciplinary education series. Numerous interns and early-career scientists have redirected their career plans in response to their positive research experiences in CISL. Students often come to CISL for a specific SIParCS or TOY session, return as postdoc collaborators, take jobs as university faculty, then send their students here to enrich their development. This process keeps refreshing our workforce with new talent, it reinvigorates others at the universities, and it is a healthy model for a national center.

This work is supported by NSF Core funding.