BACI-MSCJ Workshop on Environmental Informatic Challenges

Within the framework of BACI project we are organizing the  “1st Workshop on Environmental Informatic Challenges “.

Short Summary

Nowadays, we live in an era where everything can be measured and recorded. This huge availability of data offers unprecedented opportunities for analyzing and understanding our environment. We are able now to answer questions of great importance for the future of our planet. However, this new possibilities come together with new challenges to solve. At this point, computer science techniques like machine learning algorithms become necessary. The interdisciplinarity between geosciences and computer sciences needs then for a mutual understanding and comprehension.

Therefore we announce the Workshop on Environmental Informatic Challenges, jointly organized by the researchers from the FSU and the MPI-BGC under the framework of the european project BACI: 2015-2019 Towards a Biosphere Atmosphere Change Index and the MSCJ. The overall aim of this workshop is to bring together and stimulate discussions among researchers from various disciplines when dealing with geosciences topics from a machine learning point of view.

With this pioneer workshop we want to set the basis for future events in this direction; encouraging collaborations between machine learning and geosciences experts in order to accelerate common progress. The format of the workshop will emphasize communication among various fields, with a strong emphasis on brainstorming and break-out sessions, as well as keynote speakers in the cutting edge techniques in the field. With the contributions to this workshop we will generate a proceedings book as a result of the event.

Administrative Issues


Mon, June 19, 2017 until Wed, June 21, 2017


Dornburger Schlösser

Max-Krehan-Straße 2

07774 Dornburg-Camburg


Invited speakers:

  • Gustau Camps-Valls (University of Valencia)
  • Diego Miralles (University of Ghent)
  • Ribana Roscher (University of Bonn)
  • Jonas Peters (University of Copenhagen)
  • Veronika Eyring (DLR)
  • Patrick Griffiths (HU Berlin)

Preliminary Program:

Monday 19th June Tuesday 20th June Wednesday 21st June

  • A data-driven perspective on global biosphere–climate interactions (Diego Miralles, University of Ghent) ppt
  • The benefits of invariant models (Jonas Peters, University of Copenhagen)
  • Characterizing land use dynamics using Earth Observation archives (Patrick Griffiths, HU Berlin)


  • Breakout Session
  • Reception and Poster Session

  • Physics-aware machine learning for biophysical parameter retrieval (Gustau Camps-Valls, University of Valencia)
  • Unsupervised and Self-taught Learning for Remote Sensing Image Analysis (Ribana Roscher, University of Bonn) pdf
  • Climate Informatics Opportunities for Earth System Model Evaluation (Veronika Eyring, DLR) pdf


  • Breakout Session

  • BACI breakout groups
  • Wrap-up and concluding remarks




Local organization committee:

Joachim Denzler, Christiane Schmullius, Markus Reichstein, Miguel Mahecha, Yanira Guanche, Marcel Urban, Johannes Balling


Please send an email to Yanira Guanche, yaniraDOTguancheDOTgarciaATuniMINUSjenaDOTde. Members from the BACI consortium: please indicate your affiliation.