Four AOSC Projects Awarded in the Grand Challenges Grant

The University of Maryland has awarded 30 million dollars to 50 projects as part of the Grand Challenges Grants Program to address major societal issues. Four AOSC projects were among the selected recipients. Congratulations to AOSC professors Maria Molina, Russ Dickerson, Xin-Zhong Liang, Tim Canty and Sumant Nigam, who are all team members of the awarded projects. Learn more about these awarded projects below:


Effective and Equitable Weather Forecasting in a Changing Climate with Machine Learning


Maria Molina

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are assuming a growing role in all the physical sciences. However, naively applied, ML may replicate and even amplify structural inequities that exist in environmental science data and weather observation networks. Learn more

Remediation of Methane, Water, and Heat Waste


Russ Dickerson

The human impact on the environment and climate are critical concerns locally, nationally, and globally. Our campus is a microcosm of many of these urban and suburban environmental impacts. Learn more

Global FEWture Alliance


Xin-Zhong Liang

Climate change, population growth, and urbanization are crippling global food, energy, and water (FEW) systems and harming public health, with low-income communities and people of color bearing the heaviest burdens. Learn more

Addressing Climate Challenges for a Sustainable Earth 




Tim Canty, Sumant Nigam

Humanity’s home, the Earth, faces existential threats due to climate change. Monitoring, predicting, managing, and mitigating these impacts at the regional scale is a major challenge. Learn more