The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has submitted a community report to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new Convergence Accelerator track on the topic of “Building Resilience to Climate Driven Extreme Events with Computing Innovations”.
The NSF’s Convergence Accelerator program, which was launched in 2019, aims to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines to collaborate on and expedite solutions to outstanding societal problems. Every year the Convergence Accelerator program accepts proposals from the community to identify Convergence Accelerator tracks for the next year. The NSF then funds workshops on some of these research tracks to allow these ideas to be fleshed out among researchers from various backgrounds. The CCC was selected to run a community workshop based on a proposal to NSF.
In October of 2022, the CCC held an in-person workshop on the topic of Climate Resiliency in Denver, Colorado. During this workshop, participants discussed the potential for computing innovations in a subset of climate impact areas which were defined in a 2021 CCC white paper titled, Computing Research for the Climate Crisis. These climate impact areas included: Energy, Environmental Justice, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Agriculture. This workshop helped to inform our final report to the NSF and also set the stage for the follow-up virtual workshop that was held in early November of 2022.
In November, the CCC held a virtual workshop to engage with the broader community, expand upon the findings from the first workshop, and discuss additional considerations to include in the final report. The community report can be found here.