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Data-enabled solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges

Our Mission

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center for Data Science & Environment (DSE) combines the power of computing and environmental science with open science principles and a commitment to inclusivity—all towards the purpose of building tangible, replicable, and accessible solutions to problems compromising the health of our environment. We aim to co-create these solutions in direct partnership with those who hold the knowledge and expertise of their local needs and environmental context.

Launched in 2022, the DSE is a partnership between UC Berkeley's Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and the College of Computing, Data Science, and Society, with the financial support of Eric and Wendy Schmidt.


Carlie Wiener

Science Storytelling for Impact Panel Seminar

Join us for a panel seminar where Dr. Carlie Wiener, Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Director of Communications, will be joined by Bigad Shaban, Investigative Reporter for NBC, Elizabeth Weise, National Correspondent for USA Today, and Matthew Hiltzik, President and CEO of Hitzik Strategies will share their experience and strategy on science storytelling for impact .

September 22, 2023
Schmidt Oceans

Science Storytelling for Impact Workshops

Free and open to graduate students in any environmental discipline, the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center for Data Science & Environment (DSE) and partners are thrilled to host Dr. Carlie Wiener, Director of Communications, Schmidt Ocean Institute and a panel of science communication experts for two free science storytelling for impact workshops on October 17 or 18th.


Carlie Wiener

September 12, 2023

Honing in on our inaugural program areas

DSE began as a broad vision to utilize data for making a positive impact on environmental challenges. Our funders and founding team were united by an optimism for our planet's health and the pressing need to use everything at our disposal to counter our climate uncertain future. They saw a clear path to leverage current research and expertise and use data to uncover insights for action. Underlying our efforts are open practices - open data, open science, and open source to create work that can be transparent, scalable, easily accessible, and designed with community support.

August 3, 2023