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Welcome to our Earth Day Symposium!
This year’s Earth Day Symposium is transitioning to a virtual format in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. To learn more about our new format visit our new page COVID 19 Virtual Format. We will continue to provide updates on our website as we continue this transition.


The Earth Day Symposium (EDS) is an annual event sponsored jointly by the UMBC Department of Physics and the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) that highlights local Earth science research from NASA, NOAA, university, and private sector affiliates. The event aims to strengthen collaboration between UMBC and JCET researchers, graduate students, and the local Earth science community.

The EDS is broad in scope, with presentations about:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning uses and applications in the Earth science community
  • Measuring the Earth system with remote sensors, field campaigns, and ground networks
  • Theoretical studies in fundamental Earth physics, radiative transfer, weather, and climate
  • Model forecasts and prediction using data assimilation, re-analysis, and ensemble modeling
  • Educational outreach and Earth science community engagement

The EDS invites around 10 speakers each year for 20 minute overview talks on their research. Graduate and external students participate in an informal poster session, and there is a panel on professional development.

The EDS was founded in by UMBC Atmospheric Physics graduate program in 2017 and held annually around Earth Day in April.

We hope you join us again for this year’s Earth Day Symposium on April 20th, 2020.
For information for presenters and attendees, visit the EDS 2020 dropdowns in the menu above.