Climate Change and Sustainability Program of the North American Mathematical Institutes

1 Jan 2010 (All day) to 31 Dec 2011 (All day)

For a list of workshops at mathematical institutions throughout North America addressing issues of climate change and sustainability, see

2010 Theme of the Year (TOY) on Mathematicians and Climate

1 Jan 2010 (All day) to 31 Dec 2010 (All day)
NCAR’s Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences, Boulder, CO

Organized by MCRN team. The TOY included several workshops, field trips and a graduate summer school sponsored jointly with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).  For more information, see

SIAM Annual Meeting

12 Jul 2010 (All day) to 16 Jul 2010 (All day)
Pittsburgh, PA

 Inez Fung from MCRN was an invited speaker, and an MCRN team ran a related minisymposium. For more information, see

Mathematical and Statistical Approaches to Climate Modeling and Prediction

1 Aug 2010 (All day) to 31 Dec 2010 (All day)
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

For more information, see

Ken Golden and some of his team take a “Math-pedition” to Antarctica

15 Nov 2010 (All day) to 15 Dec 2010 (All day)

Based at a field camp on the sea ice in the Ross Sea, they are on the ice for about 2.5 weeks, taking temperature, salinity, conductivity, dielectric, and fluid permeability measurements, and studying the crystallographic structure of the ice. The measurements will help them develop mathematical methods for monitoring transport processes in sea ice that are critical to understanding the role of sea ice in the changing climate system.  Read more at their blog at

AAAS Annual Meeting

17 Feb 2011 (All day) to 21 Feb 2011 (All day)
Washington, DC

The meeting has symposium tracks on Climate Change, Energy, Land and Oceans, Science and Society, and Sustainability. The symposium on Mathematics and Our Energy Future is collaboratively organized by MCRN and the North American Mathematical Institutes. For more information, see

AMS Eastern Sectional Meeting

9 Apr 2011 (All day) to 10 Apr 2011 (All day)
Worcester, MA

Climate modeling is one of the themes of the meeting.  Ken Golden from MCRN is an invited speaker, and there will be a related minisymposium. For more information, see

SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems

22 May 2011 (All day) to 26 May 2011 (All day)
Snowbird, UT

Climate Modeling and Data Assimilation are among the themes of the conference. Chris Jones and Raymond Pierrehumbert from MCRN are among the invited speakers, and there will be several related minisymposia.  For more information, see

MBI Workshop on Ocean Ecologies and their Physical Habitats in a Changing Climate

20 Jun 2011 (All day) to 1 Jul 2011 (All day)
Columbus, OH

Organized by an MCRN team. The workshop focuses on two main themes: 1) Polar and sea ice ecologies, and 2) Phytoplankton and the carbon cycle. The first week of the workshop will be tutorial in nature, aimed at establishing a common language between researchers in different disciplines, and at bringing junior people into the area. The second week of the workshop will feature expository research lectures with plenty of time for discussion. For more information, see

Minisymposium on the Dynamics of the Earth’s Climate, International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)

22 Jul 2011 (All day)
Vancouver, British Columbia

Organized by an MCRN team. The speakers in this minisymposium will highlight some interesting mathematical problems that have come from climate science and can be addressed with techniques developed in the dynamical systems community. For more information, see the ICIAM web site.

Workshop on Quantifying Uncertainty in Climate

29 Aug 2011 (All day) to 31 Aug 2011 (All day)
Pleasanton, CA

The Opening Workshop for the Climate theme of the SAMSI program on Uncertainty Quantification will be held on at the Marriott Pleasanton, in Pleasanton, CA. The location is in close proximity with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) which co-sponsors the event. See this web page for details.

IMA Conference on Mathematics of the Climate System

12 Sep 2011 (All day) to 15 Sep 2011 (All day)
University of Reading, United Kingdom

This conference will be about the construction and use of mathematicalmodels of the climate system.  Such models aid our understanding ofhow certain climate processes interact.  They also enable us toassess, interpret and diagnose more comprehensive climatemodels. Finally, they provide readily understandable paradigms fordynamical climate-system behaviour.  The conference will focus onthree related topics:

  1. the extraction of mathematical models from climate data andclimate-model output (homogenisation, stochastic model reduction,bistability and metastable states, low frequency variability,data-driven coarse-graining, set-oriented methods, trendidentification, time-series analysis);
  2. reduced models and their dynamics (linear response theory,bifurcations, extreme events, uncertainty); and
  3. testing hypotheses about the climate system using statisticalframeworks (emulators, Bayesian methods, nonparametric methods,equitability).

For more information, see the conference web site.

Uncertainty Quantification: Observations Workshop

17 Jan 2012 (All day) to 19 Jan 2012 (All day)
Asheville, NC

This 3-day workshop focusing on the role of observations in the quantification of uncertainty in climate research is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-NC) in Asheville, NC, and by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) in Research Triangle Park, NC. It is organized in cooperation with the Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics (SSES) at the Ohio State University. The event will be hosted by CICS at its Asheville, NC, facilities. For more information, see the workshop web page at

Workshop: Connections between Rotating, Stratified Turbulence, and Climate: Theory, Observations, Experiments and Models (Application Deadline: March 1)

14 May 2012 (All day) to 18 May 2012 (All day)
Boulder, CO

The climate system is chaotic, with limited predictability and difficulty in modeling all relevant scales. Current models and simulations of rotating, stratified turbulence in the atmosphere and oceans are conducted at parameters that do not closely resemble observed, realistic values. Multiscale simulations are usually limited on both the grid scale and domain size. It is therefore clear that many advances must occur through new model development and associated simulations utilizing extreme parameter values in an asymptotic manner. This will require as well a body of knowledge gained from large-scale direct numerical simulations (DNS) and Large Eddy Simulations (LES) that explore the computationally accessible moderate values in controlled settings, as well as observations and laboratory experiments to access the physically meaningful extreme values.

The Theme of the Year (TOY) 2011/2012 workshop, 'Connections between Rotating, Stratified Turbulence and Climate: Theory, Observations, Experiments, and Models', will bring together researchers with primary interest in the above topics and their applications to development of scalings and parameterizations of these processes and the quantification and understanding of their impacts on the climate system. The workshop will be preceded by one day of lectures intended for graduate students and young researchers in order for them to learn about the issues in RST and profit fully from the workshop itself.

The opening day of pedagogical lectures include talks by: Peter Bartello, Eric D'Asaro, Robert Ecke, Leslie Smith, and Geoffrey Vallis. Research topics will be introduced by: Alberto Naviera-Garabato, Rupert Klein, Jim McWilliams, Julie McClean, and Andy Majda. Other attendees include: J. Aurnou, P. Bartello, C. Cambon, C. Cenedese, R. Ferrari, F. Moisy, and K.S. Smith.

The workshop and scientific forum is supported by NSF and NCAR (PIs Julien and Smith, Co-Is Fox-Kemper, Weiss, Kurien, and Pouquet). The workshop will be held in Boulder at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) auditorium on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus and the NCAR Mesa Lab, May 14-18, 2012.

It is anticipated that funds will be available for early career scientists, especially students and post-doctoral scholars. Applications are now being accepted at

IUGG Conference on Mathematical Geophysics

This event is associated with MPE 2013
18 Jun 2012 (All day) to 22 Jun 2012 (All day)
Edinburgh, UK

MCRN director Chris Jones opens the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) conference with the invited Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) lecture, "Data Assimilation and Climate Research: Do they work well together?" MCRN co-director Mary Lou Zeeman convenes the MPE session.

Workshop on Nonlinear Processes in Oceanic and Atmospheric Flows

3 Jul 2012 (All day) to 6 Jul 2012 (All day)
ICMAT, Campus Cantoblanco UAM, Madrid, Spain

This workshop will allow cross-disciplinary interaction among mathematicians, physicists, oceanographers and atmospheric scientists in a wide sense. We intend to build on the momentum and interest resulting from the first meeting on this topic held in 2008 at Castro Urdiales, Spain. Topics to be addressed are both theoretical and observational: Lagrangian transport in aperiodic flows, Lyapunov exponents, coherent mesoscale structures in the atmosphere and the ocean: jets and eddies, characterization and measurement of ocean mixing and their interaction with biological processes, advances in nonlinear techniques applied to ocean and atmospheric data, instabilities in geophysical flows, numerical modelling.

Invited Speakers:

  • Guido Boffeta (Universita di Torino) 
  • Francisco Doblas-Reyes (Instituto Catalán de Ciencias del Clima)
  • Francesco D'Ovidio (CNRS, Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
  • Jinqiao Duan  (IPAM, University of California at Los Angeles)
  • Klaus Fraedrich (University of Hamburg)
  • Kayo Ide (University of Maryland at College Park),
  • A.D. Kirwan, Jr (University of Delaware)
  • Guillaume Lapeyre (CNRS, École Normale Supériore)
  • Marina Levy (CNRS, LOCEAN)
  • Reza Malek-Madani (Office of Naval Research),
  • Roberto Mechoso (University of California at los Angeles)
  • James Meiss (University of Colorado)
  • Tamay Ozkgomen (University of Miami)
  • Lawrence J. Pratt (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  • Irina Rypina (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  • Roger Samelson (Oregon State University)
  • Stephen Wiggins (University of Bristol),
Complete information is available at

Upcoming MCRN Annual Meeting

12 Oct 2012 (All day) to 13 Oct 2012 (All day)

MCRN will be holding its annual meeting this year in Boulder, and it is being co-sponsored by IMAGe. On Friday, October 12, we will gather at the Mesa Lab at NCAR for a series of talks that highlight the research activity of MCRN. Meetings will then be held at Chautuaqua on Saturday Oct 13 to forge new directions for the network, see for details.

DISCCRS VII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

13 Oct 2012 (All day) to 20 Oct 2012 (All day)
Colorado Springs, CO

Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium
October 13-20, 2012

La Foret Conference and Retreat Center
Colorado Springs, CO

Application Deadline: February 29, 2012
Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA

As our understanding of climate change and its far-reaching ramifications continues to grow, it is imperative for climate change researchers to form strong collaborative bonds that reach across disciplines and other boundaries. Every year the DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts a symposium for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collaboration while laying the foundation for dynamic, communicative collegial networks that are better-equipped to understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change.

During the week-long symposium, the 30 invited DISCCRS Scholars will have the opportunity to present their research, hone interdisciplinary communication and teambuilding skills, and discuss emerging research and trends. Scholars will also have the chance to talk about the societal and professional challenges involved in climate change research, with each other and with established researchers invited to serve as mentors.

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee of research scientists. The selection committee will favor applicants who plan to engage in interdisciplinary research careers in any subject relevant to the study of climate change, its impacts or its solutions. We encourage applicants from the natural and social sciencesmathematicsengineering, and other fields, so long as their research focus relates to climate change, its impacts or its solutions. Although the emphasis is on the U.S. research system, we welcome applicants from all countries who are interested in learning about the U.S. research system or connecting with U.S. researchers.Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA.

Symposium application instructions:


In addition to our annual symposia, DISCCRS provides online tools for catalyzing interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration:
Please display and distribute the poster as widely as possible!

Online Ph.D. Dissertation Registry: Join over 2500 climate change researchers by registering your Ph.D. dissertation and adding your abstract to our fully searchable database. You can also browse the registry to see what other climate change researchers have been doing recently.

Electronic newsletter: With timely climate change job listings, news stories, funding opportunities and more, our weekly e-newsletter is automatically provided to anyone who registers their Ph.D. 
You can also subscribe online.

Career Resources: In addition to the registry, our website includes a wealth of valuable resources for finding a job, developing your professional skills, locating funding opportunities, crafting grant proposals and more.

DISCCRS Sponsors: 

DISCCRS Funding: 
U.S. National Science Foundation
Collaborative Grant Numbers: SES-0931402 to the University of Oregon
and SES-0932916 to Whitman College
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Grant number NNX10AJ53G to Whitman College

Organizers: Ronald B. Mitchell and C. Susan Weiler

Workshop "Educating with Math for a Sustainable Future"

1 Nov 2012 (All day) to 4 Nov 2012 (All day)
MAA Carriage House Conference Center, 1529 18th Street, Washington, DC, 20036

The focus of the workshop is to organize and generate ready-to-share materials for dissemination to a broad audience. Specific goals of the workshop are to

  • Create sustainability-focused materials for immediate classroom use;
  • Investigate how to incorporate new themes not already addressed by existing resources; and
  • Identify collaboration and dissemination opportunities both within and across disciplines.

The workshop is organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and funded by the National Science Foundation. For more information, contact Benjamin (Ben) Galluzzo, Chair, MAA Workshop Organizing Committee,

Mathematics of Planet Earth, 2013

This event is associated with MPE 2013
1 Jan 2013 (All day) to 31 Dec 2013 (All day)

This is an exciting partnership of institutes, societies and organizations in mathematical sciences around the world. The goal is to focus mathematical research and education on the essential relevance of mathematics to planetary problems and create a context for mathematical and interdisciplinary developments that will be necessary in order to address a myriad of global challenges in the future.

2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings

This event is associated with MPE 2013
7 Jan 2013 (All day) to 12 Jan 2013 (All day)
San Diego, CA

The official US launch of the year of Mathematics of Planet Earth, includes:
* MAA Short Course on Conceptual Climate Models (January 7-8)
* AMS-MAA Invited Address: Emily Shuckburgh (January 9)
* MAA-AMS-SIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture: Kenneth Golden (January 12)
and much more!

AMS Special Session on Challenges in Data Assimilation and the Mathematics of Planet Earth and Its Climate

11 Jan 2013 - 1pm
JMM San Diego

Organized by Lewis Mitchell and Tom Bellsky

Climate Change: The Science and the Math

1 Feb 2013 - 4pm
The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Go to for live broadcast by Christopher Jones.

Great Debate: Climate Change, Surviving the Future

2 Feb 2013 - 9pm
ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ

The ASU Origins Project hosts esteemed panel including climatologist James Hansen.

AAAS 2013 Annual Meeting

14 Feb 2013 (All day) to 18 Feb 2013 (All day)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will focus on “The Beauty and Benefit of Science,” including
• Topical Lecture: “Ice Sheets, Sea Levels and Other Surprises,” by Richard Alley
• Symposium: “Mathematics of Tipping Points,” organized by Mary Lou Zeeman and Mary Silber
    A synopsis of the symposium is available at

Climate disruption: what math and science have to say

This event is associated with MPE 2013
4 Mar 2013 (All day)
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

MCRN scientific advisory board member Emily Shuckburgh of British Antarctic Survey gives Simons Public Lecture.

MECC 2013 - International Conference and Advanced School Planet Earth, Mathematics of Energy and Climate Change

This event is associated with MPE 2013
18 Mar 2013 (All day) to 28 Mar 2013 (All day)
Lisbon, Portugal

MCRN director Chris Jones is one of 10 keynote speakers.

There are 20 thematic sessions, each with an organizer and 2-4 speakers. The sessions occur during the international conference and the corresponding advanced school. The school consists of mini-courses (3-5 hours) given by some of the keynote speakers.

The first two volumes of the CIM Series in Mathematical Sciences published by Springer-Verlag will consist of selected works presented in the conferences Mathematics of Planet Earth (CIM-MPE).

Organized by The International Center of Mathematics CIM - Portugal

Climate Math

This event is associated with MPE 2013
26 Mar 2013 - 7pm
University of Cape Town, South Africa

MCRN node leader Inez Fung of UC Berkeley delivers Simons Public Lecture.

Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points

This event is associated with MPE 2013
27 Mar 2013 (All day)
St. Mary's City, MD

MCRN co-director Mary Lou Zeeman speaks at the Natural Science & Mathematics Colloquium of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points

This event is associated with MPE 2013
28 Mar 2013 (All day)
MAA Carriage House, Washington, DC

MCRN co-director Mary Lou Zeeman of Bowdoin College delivers MAA Distinguished Lecture.

Mathematics Awareness Month 2013

This event is associated with MPE 2013
1 Apr 2013 (All day) to 30 Apr 2013 (All day)

The theme this April is the “Mathematics of Sustainability.” Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics- a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). MCRN co-director Mary Lou Zeeman is on the Math Awareness Month Committee.

Sense of Scale, Measure by Color: Art, Science, and Mathematics of Planet Earth

This event is associated with MPE 2013
4 Apr 2013 (All day) to 2 Jun 2013 (All day)
Focus Gallery, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick ME

This show- at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art- is dedicated to the scale-crossing structures and colors of the earth, featuring minerals and mathematical models from Bowdoin collections. It is co-organized by MCRN's Mary Lou Zeeman.

Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference

27 Apr 2013 (All day) to 28 Apr 2013 (All day)
Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

MCRN member Karna Gowda presents "Vegetation Pattern Formation in Semi-arid Ecosystems," work by Karna Gowda, Mary Silber and Hermann Riecke

SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems

This event is associated with MPE 2013
19 May 2013 (All day) to 23 May 2013 (All day)
Snowbird, Utah, USA

MCRN co-director Hans Kaper heads featured minisymposium “Dynamics of Planet Earth.” MCRN reception on May 21st.

SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences

This event is associated with MPE 2013
17 Jun 2013 (All day) to 20 Jun 2013 (All day)
University of Padova, Italy

MCRN members Lewis Mitchell, Thomas Bellsky and affiliate 
Elaine Spiller 
have organized a two-part mini-symposium titled Data Assimilation and Dynamical Processes: Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate. The speakers include several MCRN International Partners.

The scheduled speakers are:

  • Elaine Spiller (Marquette University) Assimilation and Model Error for a 3D Ocean Process Model
  • Emma Suckling (London School of Economics, United Kingdom) Pseudo-Orbit Gradient Descent for Lagrangian Data Assimilation
  • Amit Apte (TIFR Centre, Bangalore, India) En-Route Data Assimilation
  • Lewis Mitchell (University of Vermont) Towards Improvement of Climate Models Using Data Assimilation
  • Thomas Bellsky (Arizona State University) Targeting Observations and Parameter Estimation Techniques Within Ensemble Data Assimilation
  • Arjen Doelman (Leiden University, Netherlands) The Onset of Desertification: the Dynamics of Vegetation Patterns under Slowly Varying Conditions
  • Gary Froyland (University of New South Wales, Australia) Automatic Identification of Oceanic and Atmospheric Coherent Structures As Minimal Flux Regions Using Transfer Operators
  • Hailiang Du (London School of Economics, United Kingdom) Pseudo-Orbit Data Assimilation for Atmospheric Gcms

The two mini-symposia (MS30 and MS39) are scheduled consecutively, from 2pm – 6:30pm, on Tuesday, June 18th.

Mathematical Paradigms of Climate Science

24 Jun 2013 (All day) to 28 Jun 2013 (All day)
Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica, Rome, Italy

MCRN director Chris Jones is on the Scientific and Organizing Committee.

CliMathNet Conference 2013

This event is associated with MPE 2013
1 Jul 2013 (All day) to 5 Jul 2013 (All day)
University of Exeter, UK

First conference of CliMathNet, one of MCRN's International Partners in the UK!

Plenary speakers include MCRN director Chris Jones (UNC-Chapel Hill), Stephen Belcher (Met Office), Mat Collins (Exeter), Henk Dijkstra (Utrecht), Peter Guttorp (Washington), Michael Goldstein (Durham), Peter Haynes (Cambridge), Valerio Lucarini (Hamburg) and Tim Palmer (Oxford).

Topics include:
* Quantifying uncertainty of climate models
* Comprehensive climate risk analysis
* Forecasting climate tipping points
* Improving projections of extreme events
* Engaging with policy

2013 SIAM Annual Meeting

This event is associated with MPE 2013
8 Jul 2013 (All day) to 12 Jul 2013 (All day)
San Diego, CA

MCRN node leader Mary Silber of Northwestern University and MCRN member Sebastian M. Wieczorek of the University of Exeter, UK, have organized the minisymposium "Tipping Points: Mathematical Mechanisms and Applications to Natural World" (MS128). Benjamin Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory presents "The Search for a Human Fingerprint in the Changing Thermal Structure of the Atmosphere" (IP5).

Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly 2013

8 Jul 2013 (All day) to 12 Jul 2013 (All day)
Congress Centre Davos, Switzerland

MCRN members are presenting at this joint International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) and International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), both Associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), event.


This event is associated with MPE 2013
15 Jul 2013 (All day) to 19 Jul 2013 (All day)
ICERM, Providence, RI

The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) invites early career researchers (postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors) to IdeaLab 2013 to brainstorm projects and develop proposals in the area of Tipping Points in Climate Systems. The IdeaLab is organized by MCRN director Chris Jones, member Pam Martin and affiliate Bjorn Sandstede.

MAA Conceptual Climate Models Summer Seminar

This event is associated with MPE 2013
22 Jul 2013 - 1am to 24 Jul 2013 - 1am
Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN

The material covered is accessible to a broad range of faculty and scholars, whether they are interested in teaching at the high-school, undergraduate or graduate level, or whether they are interested in understanding the basic conceptual models from which research at a variety of levels of model complexity can grow. The seminar will include a mix of lecture and hands-on lab work.

Each topic in this seminar lends itself to classroom use. Participants will be provided with modules designed for core math classes at a variety of levels.

The 2013 Summer Seminar on the topic of "The Mathematics of Planet Earth - Conceptual Climate Models" is presented by the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The North Central Section and the organizers hope that this seminar will open the door for more mathematicians and educators to become involved in the exciting area of climate mathematics.

Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks

This event is associated with MPE 2013
29 Jul 2013 (All day) to 2 Aug 2013 (All day)
Guanajuato, Mexico

The 5-day workshop is organized as a satellite activity of the 2013 Mathematical Congress of the Americas at CIMAT in Guanajuato, Mexico.

MAA MathFest 2013

This event is associated with MPE 2013
31 Jul 2013 (All day) to 3 Aug 2013 (All day)
Hartford, CT

MCRN node leader Chris Danforth is giving MAA Invited Address titled "Improving Numerical Weather Predictions using Ideas from Nonlinear Dynamics." MCRN member Matthew Hoffman organized Invited Paper Session "Climate and Geophysical Modeling," at the annual Mathematics Association of America (MAA) Meeting.

Key Uncertainties in the Global Carbon-Cycle: Perspectives across terrestrial and ocean ecosystems

6 Aug 2013 (All day) to 10 Aug 2013 (All day)
National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO

Week-long interdisciplinary workshop focused on carbon cycle science.

2013 CESM Tutorial

12 Aug 2013 (All day) to 16 Aug 2013 (All day)
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

Community Earth System Modeling Tutorial - MCRN members Kaitlin Hill (Northwestern), Colin Grudzien (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Jonah Bloch-Johnson (Chicago) will learn how to run and use the global climate model at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Workshop on Tipping Points

This event is associated with MPE 2013
9 Sep 2013 (All day) to 13 Sep 2013 (All day)
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh, UK

MCRN members Gidea, Sieber, Silber and Wieczorek have organized this workshop as an opportunity for scientists, mathematicians and statisticians working on tipping points in ecology, climate and economics to meet for discussion and for an exchange of ideas, approaches, and scientific goals.

Graduate students and postdocs wishing to attend should send an email to Sebastian Wieczorek (Exeter) ( ). Any requests for partial financial support for attending the workshop should include a brief (half- to one-page) description of:
* why you want to attend,
* a list of publications,
* if you would like to present a poster (with title).

The ICMS charges a registration fee of approx. 55 GPB.

Organizing Committee:

Marian Gidea (Mathematics Dept., Northeastern Illinois University)
Jan Sieber (Mathematics, University of Exeter
Mary Silber (Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics Dept., Northwestern University)
Sebastian Wieczorek (Mathematics, University of Exeter)

List of confirmed participants:

Science (Climate and Ecology):
P. Cox (University of Exeter, UK)
M. Crucifix (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
H. Dijkstra (Utrecht University, Holland)
P. Ditlevsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
A. Hastings (UC Davis, USA)
T. Lenton (University of Exeter, UK)
V. Lucarini (University of Hamburg, Germany)
P. Martin (Indiana University - Purdue University Indiannapolis, USA)
R. Pierrehumbert (University of Chicago, USA)
A. Provenzalle (CNR Torino, Italy)
M. Rietkerk (University of Utrecht, Holland)

P. Ashwin (University of Exeter, UK)
C. Budd (University of Bath, UK)
A. Doelman (University of Leiden, Holland)
B. Gentz (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
P. Glendinning (University of Manchester, UK)
C.K.R.T. Jones (University of North Carolina, USA)
B. Khouider (University of Victoria, Canada)
C. Kuehn (University of Vienna, Austria)
R. Kuske (University of British Columbia, Canada)
J. Lamb (Imperial College London, UK)
R. Mackay (Warwick University, UK)
J. Rademacher (CWI Amsterdam, Holland)
M. Rasmussen (Imperial College London, UK)
M. L. Zeeman (Bowdoin, USA)

C. Beaulieu (Princeton University, USA)
P. Challenor (University of Southampton, UK)
M. Goldstein (University of Durham, UK, )

C.G.H. Diks (University of Amsterdam, Holland)
D. Sornette (ETH,Zurich, Switzerland)

Celestial Influences on Earth's Climate

16 Sep 2013 - 7pm
King Building 306, Oberlin College

Node leader Dick McGehee delivers the 2013-14 Tamura/Lilly Lecture at Oberlin College

Abstract: Although it sounds at first like a claim from Astrology, there is sound scientific evidence that the motions of the planets have a profound influence on Earth's climate. The basic theory was formulated by the mathematician Milutin Milankovitch almost a century ago, but was verified by scientific evidence only in 1976. We explore both the theory and the evidence that subtle changes in Earth's orbit caused by the motions of the other planets are linked to the ice ages of the past. We also explore the extent to which these natural cycles are being disrupted by human activity.

2013 SACNAS National Conference

3 Oct 2013 (All day) to 6 Oct 2013 (All day)
San Antonio, TX

This year's theme is "Strengthening the Nation Through Diversity, Innovation and Leadership in STEM." MCRN co-director Mary Lou Zeeman leads the symposium Mathematics of Climate and Sustainability: Stimulating Interplay Between Research and Education, featuring fellow MCRN members Karna Gowda and Esther Widiasih.

MCRN Junior Researchers' Meeting

7 Oct 2013 (All day) to 9 Oct 2013 (All day)
Chapel Hill/Carborro, NC

The Junior Researchers' Meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn, Carrboro (next to Chapel Hill), close to lots of restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and music venues. It will be followed by the MCRN Annual Meeting, which will be held at RENCI in Chapel Hill.

MCRN Annual Meeting 2013

10 Oct 2013 (All day) to 11 Oct 2013 (All day)
Chapel Hill, NC

This year's meeting will be at RENCI. All members should plan to stay in Chapel Hill through Friday night for an event planned that evening. There is nothing scheduled for Saturday morning, but focus groups may want to meet then before departing.

MCRN Public Lecture and Reception

10 Oct 2013 - 6pm
Friday Center, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

MCRN node leader Ken Golden presents the PUBLIC LECTURE "Mathematics and the Melting Polar Ice Caps," 6:30-7:30pm. Followed by POSTER AND DESSERT RECEPTION, 7:30-9pm.

Mathematics for the Fluid Earth

This event is associated with MPE 2013
21 Oct 2013 - 2am to 20 Dec 2013 - 1am
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Organized by Mike Cullen (Met Office), Klaus Fraedrich (Hamburg), Valerio Lucarini (Hamburg/Reading), Beatrice Pelloni (Reading) and Sandro Vaienti (Marseilles)
The fluid Earth is an excellent example of a forced, dissipative non-equilibrium system dominated by nonlinear processes and featuring multi-scale interactions, so that its understanding can be approached using the tools of dynamical systems theory and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.
The purpose of this programme is to bring together scientists from very different perspectives in models of the dynamics of the fluid components of the Earth system.

29 October 2013 - 1 November 2013
Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and the Theory of Extreme Events in Earth Science
(Organisers:Valerio Lucarini and Sandro Vaienti)
2 December 2013 - 6 December 2013
Partial Differential Equations and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
(Organisers: Mike Cullen and Beatrice Pelloni)
5-7 February 2014
Satellite Meeting held at the University of Reading. Details to follow.

Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points with Applications to Climate and Biology

24 Oct 2013 - 3pm
University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Co-director Mary Lou Zeeman delivers Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) lecture.

Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and the Theory of Extreme Events in Earth Science

This event is associated with MPE 2013
29 Oct 2013 - 2am to 1 Nov 2013 - 2am
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Organisers: Valerio Lucarini (Hamburg / Reading) and Sandro Vaienti (Centre de Physique Théorique, Marseille)
in association with the Newton Institute programme Mathematics for the Fluid Earth

Contributions to the workshop are encouraged in relevant areas and e.g. in the following topics: large deviation theory, extreme value theory, dynamical systems, bifurcations, chaos, predictability, Lyapunov exponents and vectors, data assimilation, multifractal properties of fluid flows, long-term memory, turbulence, stochastic processes, response theory for non-equilibrium systems.

7th Graduate Climate Conference

1 Nov 2013 (All day) to 3 Nov 2013 (All day)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA

Conference for graduate students, organized and run by grad students in MIT's Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate.

Data Assimilation Day

1 Nov 2013 (All day)
UNC - Chapel Hill

Talks include "Combined parameter and state estimation in Lagrangian data assimilation" by Naratip Santitissadeekorn, "Optimal estimation of CO2 flux from targeted satellite observations: a variational approach" by Graham Cox, "Filter divergence and EnKF" by David Kelly, and "Error control in geophysical data assimilation: Initial condition, model error and initialisation of long term predictions" by Alberto Carrassi.

OWU Sagan National Colloquium Public Lecture by Mary Lou Zeeman

5 Nov 2013 - 7pm
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware,OH

MCRN Co-director Mary Lou Zeeman will discuss mathematical modeling of climate in a public lecture, as part of OWU's semester-long exploration of Interdisciplinary Impacts of Climate Change. This presentation is scheduled to be streamed online at StreamOWU.

IMA Hot Topics Workshop Predictability in Earth System Processes

This event is associated with MPE 2013
18 Nov 2013 - 8am to 21 Nov 2013 - 5pm
IMA, Minneapolis, MN

Organized by MCRN members Thomas Bellsky, Jesse Berwald, and Lewis Mitchell.
Go to for live streaming of workshop talks.

Specific goals of this workshop are to identify DA problems in climate modeling, and to investigate new mathematical approaches to the following:
1. Incorporation of observational data into models of Earth system processes;
2. Improvement of climate forecasts by increasing accuracy to periods of several weeks to months through effective use of DA;
3. Effectively apply uncertainty quantification in predictions from Earth system models arising from model errors and observational errors using DA; and
4. Implementation of topological data analysis techniques to provide insight into the state space of the model.

NES/MAA Fall Meeting

22 Nov 2013 (All day) to 23 Nov 2013 (All day)
Wheaton College

The dynamic program includes the Christie Lecture given by MCRN co-director Hans Kaper.

Phase Transitions in the Arctic Climate System

This event is associated with MPE 2013
27 Nov 2013 - 2pm
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Mathematics for the Fluid Earth Seminar Series
MCRN member Ivan Sudakov will discuss phase transitions in the Arctic Climate System. Questions to be discussed include: How can the Stefan problem be applied to the study of Arctic melt ponds? How does phase transition theory improve our knowledge of climate tipping points? What is the connection between permafrost and superconductors? Which is worst: compost bomb or nuclear bomb?

Partial Differential Equations and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

This event is associated with MPE 2013
2 Dec 2013 - 1am to 6 Dec 2013 - 1am
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Organisers: Mike Cullen (Met Office) and Beatrice Pelloni (Reading)
in association with the Newton Institute programme Mathematics for the Fluid Earth.

The field of partial differential equations applicable to geophysical fluid dynamics has recently seen an extraordinary development, as in recent years there have been very important advances in the understanding of the fundamental governing systems of equations, and of geophysically relevant asymptotic approximations to them. This has been the result of using new mathematical tools from, for instance, probability, optimal transport and geometric measure theory.


American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

9 Dec 2013 (All day) to 13 Dec 2013 (All day)
San Francisco, CA

MCRN node leader Ken Golden will deliver an invited lecture at the AGU's 46th annual Fall Meeting. More than 24,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders are expected to attend the conference.

Workshop: Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013+ Challenges and Opportunities

This event is associated with MPE 2013
7 Jan 2014 (All day) to 10 Jan 2014 (All day)
Arizona State University

The workshop aims to expose students and junior researchers to the challenges facing our planet, the role of the mathematical sciences in addressing those challenges, and the opportunities to get involved in the effort. Funds are available to support participants to attend this workshop and to participate in follow-up activities.

Nonlinear Filtering and Data Assimilation

8 Jan 2014 (All day) to 11 Jan 2014 (All day)
ICTS-TIFR, IISc Campus, Bangalore

Some emerging areas of research are i) the adaption of filtering theoretical ideas, including those related to particle filters, for use in high or infinite dimensional systems, ii) the effects of nonlinearity on filtering, iii) the use of large quantities of data such as satellite data, iv) the development of new numerical techniques for addressing these problems.

The main aim of this discussion meeting will be to bring together students and researchers in India working on probability, stochastic processes, and other related fields, in mathematics and engineering, to expose them to some of the exciting recent applications of nonlinear filtering theory to data assimilation problems. The invited speakers are all experts in either of the two areas or are working at the forefront of bringing these areas together, and will be able to help us build bridges between the various research groups and communities in India and beyond.

This meeting is supported by the "EADS Corporate Foundation International Teaching and Research Chair" entitled "Mathematics of Complex Systems" and awarded to ICTS-TIFR and TIFR-CAM, Bangalore. The organizers are Amit Apte, Christopher Jones and Sreekar Vadlamani.

Joint Mathematics Meeting

15 Jan 2014 (All day) to 18 Jan 2014 (All day)
Baltimore, Maryland

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will host sessions by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), the National Association for Mathematicians (NAM), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). MCRN Co-director Hans Kaper will give a talk "MPE2013 and Reaction-Diffusion Problems" in the Special Session SS 44A: Reaction Diffusion Equations and Applications.

94th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

2 Feb 2014 (All day) to 6 Feb 2014 (All day)
Atlanta, GA

The theme of the 2014 AMS Annual Meeting is “Extreme Weather—Climate and the Built Environment: New Perspectives Opportunities, and Tools.” On Wednesday, February 5th, MCRN Co-director Hans Kaper and Hans Engler will be presented the ASLI’s CHOICE AWARD for their book Mathematics and Climate.

Algebraic Topology in Dynamics, Differential Equations and Experimental Data

10 Feb 2014 (All day) to 14 Feb 2014 (All day)
IMA, University of Minnesota

IMA Annual Thematic Program Workshop includes talks by MCRN's Chris Jones and Marian Gidea.

Mathematics and Climate: A new partnership

24 Feb 2014 - 11am
George Washington University, Washington, DC

Co-director Hans Kaper is the speaker. This event is co-sponsored by the George Washington University (GW) Joint Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (JUMP) Program and the GW Office of Sustainability.

Uncertainty Quantification

31 Mar 2014 (All day) to 3 Apr 2014 (All day)
Savannah, GA

The focal application for UQ14 is Earth science. MCRN-associated minisymposia include MS53: Data Assimilation in Atmospheric and Oceanographic Processes and MS2, MS19 and MS27 : Filtering, Data Assimilation, and UQ. Plenary lecture by CliMathNet's Andrew Stuart.

This SIAM conference is held in cooperation with the American Statistical Association (ASA), GAMM Activity Group on Uncertainty Quantification (GAMM AG UQ), and American Geophysical Union (AGU).

USA Science & Engineering Festival EXPO

26 Apr 2014 (All day) to 27 Apr 2014 (All day)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest science festival in the US, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular 'Nifty Fifty' science speaker program - presented by InfoComm International.

The Festival culminates in a Grand Finale Expo on April 26-27, 2014, with the US News STEM Solutions Conference on April 23-25, and Sneak Peek Friday - presented by the Department of Defense - on April 25.

Free of charge and open to all ages!

MPE 2013+ Workshop on Global Change

19 May 2014 (All day) to 21 May 2014 (All day)
Berkeley, CA

MCRN Co-director Hans Kaper is one of the organizers of this workshop.

The planet is constantly changing, but the pace of change has accelerated as a result of human activity. Construction and deforestation change habitats; fishing affects fish populations; fossil fuel combustion leads to atmospheric greenhouse gas buildup; commerce and transport introduce non-native species. We need to monitor global change to understand processes leading to change, learn how to mitigate and adapt to its effects, determine if we are meeting goals for our planet, and get early warning of dangerous trends.

Center for Sea-Level Change (CSLC) 3rd Annual Workshop

22 May 2014 (All day) to 24 May 2014 (All day)
NYU Abu Dhabi

The topic is remote sensing of outlet glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, and Alaska. Invited speakers include MCRN's David Holland and Natalya Gomez.

30th IUGG Conference on Mathematical Geophysics

2 Jun 2014 (All day) to 6 Jun 2014 (All day)
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

The focus is on "Mathematical and Computational Modeling: An international conference to honor Professor Ismael Herrera." The conference aims to draw together key contemporary issues in mathematical geophysics, including solid Earth, ocean, atmosphere, criosphere, climate observations and data assimilation, modeling of the Earth system and its components, model validation and the solving of contemporary earth science problems.

The 30th IUGG Conference on Mathematical Geophysics will
be held in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, over June 2-6, 2014.
Please visit the conference web site that has updated information
about registration, abstract submission, lodging, and travel support:

1) The updated abstract deadline is *** May 10, 2014 *** and
an early-bird registration deadline is *** May 2, 2014 ***:

2) Reduced rates are available at Hayatt Hotel before *** April 30, 2014 ***:

3) Travel support is available to scientists having demonstrated funding
needs. Applications should be submitted by *** April 15, 2014 ***:

We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Conference on Mathematical

The meeting will include a 1-day field trip to the famous archaeological site of Chichen-Itza. Several other field trip options will also be available.

ComSciCon: The Communicating Science workshop for graduate students

12 Jun 2014 (All day) to 14 Jun 2014 (All day)
Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, Cambridge, MA

MCRN member Karna Gowda is helping to organize this workshop open to graduate students at all US institutions in graduate programs related to science or engineering.

Application deadline is March 1, 2014.

Climate Physics and Dynamics

16 Jun 2014 - 10am to 27 Jun 2014 - 12pm
Walsh Cottage, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Principal lectures on "Large Scale Dynamics in the Atmosphere and Ocean," by Geoffrey Vallis (University of Exeter), and on "Water, Radiation and Convection in the Climate System," by Kerry Emanuel (MIT), will be webcast at The lectures will take place on June 16-20 and June 23-27 (M-F) at 10am-12noon.

SIAM Annual Meeting

7 Jul 2014 (All day) to 11 Jul 2014 (All day)
Chicago, IL

MCRN node-leader Ken Golden presents "Homogenization for Sea Ice" in MS98: Mesoscale and Nonlocal Models of Materials with Microstructure. MCRN node-leader Mary Silber talks "On the Importance of Good Mentoring and having an Engaging Community" as part of MS5 AWM Workshop - Career Panel: Women and Challenges in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering I. Ed Lorenz Postdoc Ivan Sudakov discusses "Modeling of Arctic Melt Ponds and Sea-Ice Albedo-Feedback" in CP27: Geosciences.

CliMathNet Conference

14 Jul 2014 (All day) to 18 Jul 2014 (All day)
University of Leeds

The second annual Conference of CliMathNet will address key aims of the network, including understanding the climate system (dynamics, radiation, clouds, feedbacks, nonlinear processes), quantifying uncertainty in climate models, forecasting extreme events, and highlighting novel mathematical and statistical techniques with applications in climate sciences (e.g., numerical methods).

The conference will be organized to ensure plenty of time for discussion and interaction across disciplinary boundaries. The confirmed plenary speakers are Brian Hoskins, Doug Maraun, Tim Palmer, Ted Shepherd, Jonathan Tawn, Claudia Tebaldi, John Thuburn, Laure Zanna, and Mary Lou Zeeman.

Online registration is open at The CliMathNet Early Bird Registration deadline has been EXTENDED TO 8TH JUNE 2014.

The registration fee £150 for CliMathNet members includes lunch and refreshments on each day of the Conference, a Reception on Monday 14th and an afternoon trip to York and Conference dinner at the National Railway Museum.

Abstracts should be submitted to the CliMathNet coordinator Emily Paremain, at Please ensure that the abstracts are a maximum of 500 words, and if any special characters are to be included, please use LaTeX. The deadline has been EXTENDED to 31st May for both oral and poster presentations.

Further details of abstract submission and registration, along with other updates, are available at the conference website

To join CliMathNet, please register for free here:

WCRP-ICTP Summer School on Attribution and Prediction of Extreme Events

21 Jul 2014 - 2am to 1 Aug 2014 - 2am
ICTP, Trieste, Italy

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) is organizing, in collaboration with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), a Summer School on Attribution and Prediction of Extreme Events, to be held at ICTP, Trieste (Italy), from 21 July to 1 August 2014.
The school will be organized around three broad topic areas:
1) Statistical theory underpinning extreme value analysis,
2) Detection and attribution of observed changes in the frequency and/or intensity of extremes, and
3) Event attribution, and the physical mechanisms that are involved in amplifying and/or extending the duration of some specific extreme events such as heat waves

DEADLINE- 01/31/2014

Mathematics and Engineering in Marine and Earth Problems

22 Jul 2014 (All day) to 25 Jul 2014 (All day)
University of Aveiro, Portugal

The main goal of MEME'2014 is to provide a multidisciplinary forum where mathematicians, engineers, and other scientists can engage and discuss methods which are behind the modeling of problems and phenomena in the Earth and the Ocean.

MATHEMATICIANS: may take notice and contribute to the enhancement of the mathematical models and tools used in problems of other sciences, which are motivated by real applications.

ENGINEERS / OTHER SCIENTISTS: may discuss their open problems and approaches with experts.

The Conference is organized around the following (theoretical) domains:
- PDEs, Boundary Value Problems, Scattering, and Inverse Problems
- Big Data, Simulation, and Data Mining
- ODEs, Dynamical Systems, Control, and Optimization
- Stochastic and Statistics Analysis

with applications to the following areas (but not limited to):
- Climate, hurricanes, and extreme weather events
- Currents, waves, and ocean energy
- Geological processes and geo-hazards
- Geological storage of CO2, natural gas and hazardous materials
- Hydrogeology and fluid dynamics
- Evolutionary ecology
- Population dynamics and models of extinction
- Exploitation of sea-floor resources and unconventional fossil fuels
- Navigation of underwater robotic vehicles
- Underwater communications
- Earth-Ocean sensor networks

Extended abstract submission: June 8, 2014
Paper submission: (after the conference, please see the website)

Hoping to welcome you in Aveiro,
The Organizing Committee of MEME'2014

CESM Tutorial

11 Aug 2014 (All day) to 15 Aug 2014 (All day)
NCAR, Boulder, CO

CESM is a fully-coupled, community, global climate model that provides state-of-the-art computer simulations of the Earth's past, present, and future climate states. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Administration of the CESM is maintained by the Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

The tutorial includes:
* Lectures on simulating the climate system
* Practical sessions on running CESM, modifying components, and analyzing data
*Targeted at graduate student level (Max 80 students with financial support for up to 40 students)

Acceptance criteria
* Preference given to early career graduate students, though we will aim for a mix of graduate students, postdocs, and early career research scientists and faculty
* Project descriptions and their fit with broader CESM goals and activities
* Balance attendees across institutions

How to Apply
Apply online at
Application deadline: 01 March 2014.
Accepted students informed by late April.
Questions should be directed to Susan Bates: bates AT

SIAM Conference of Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures

11 Aug 2014 (All day) to 14 Aug 2014 (All day)
Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK

The goals of the conference are to provide a forum for the development of mathematical methods and tools, to foster cross-fertilization among different fields of application, and most crucially to enable communication between the mathematicians who build the theory and the scientists who use it. MCRN member Darryl Holm will be a plenary speaker. MCRNers Graham Cox and Thomas Bellsky organized the minisymposium Dynamical Systems and Climate.

AANS2014: IEEE International meeting on analysis and applications of nonsmooth systems

10 Sep 2014 (All day) to 12 Sep 2014 (All day)
Como, Italy

AANS2014 focuses on theoretical and applied research that involves discontinuous and nonsmooth systems, including climate models. The main objective of this conference is to bring together researchers in applied and theoretical nonsmooth systems to share the latest theoretical results, to discuss novel and promising applications, to identify the challenges that lie at the frontier of mathematics and engineering and plan the most promising routes to a solution.

MCRN Junior Researchers Meeting

11 Sep 2014 (All day) to 13 Sep 2014 (All day)
Carborro, NC

This meeting is specially designed for MCRN students, postdocs and junior faculty.

MCRN Annual Meeting

15 Sep 2014 (All day) to 16 Sep 2014 (All day)
Chapel Hill, NC

The meeting takes place at RENCI. The schedule includes the talk "Varying planetary heat sink led to global-­warming slowdown and acceleration," by K. K. Tung.

Three panel discussions are scheduled: Mathematical opportunities in marine ecology and biogeochemistry in costal waters, on the seafloor and under the ice (Drew LaMar, Christof Meile, and Ken Golden), International collaborations (Amit Apte, Daryl Holm, Arjen Doelman), and Mathematical opportunities in food system networks, the electric grid and data science (Mary Lou Zeeman, Chris Jones, and Brian Blanton).

Workshop: Understanding Uncertainty in Environmental Modeling

22 Sep 2014 (All day) to 24 Sep 2014 (All day)
London, UK

As part of NERC's Advanced Training programme for early-career researchers, LSE's Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS) is hosting three workshops on Understanding Uncertainty in Environmental Modelling. The first residential workshop, in September, is themed towards modelling applications in weather, climate and natural hazards. The workshops will present an overview of model evaluation methods, statistical inference for model output, and the use of models in risk management and decision-making, with the aim of exposing participants to methods and insights available in environmental modelling and encouraging critical evaluation of the approaches and methodologies used in their own research. The workshops will be structured around several themes, with facilitated discussion time and interactive problem-solving exercises, allowing participants to explore and understand the concepts presented by the expert lecturers.

Please see the course web page for more details and to apply for a place. The application deadline for this workshop is Tuesday 26th August. Non-NERC-funded researchers are welcome.

Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013+ Workshop on Data-aware Energy Use

This event is associated with MPE 2013
29 Sep 2014 (All day) to 1 Oct 2014 (All day)
University of California, San Diego

Participants and presenters of papers and posters are invited to submit applications for participation or to give a presentation at a Workshop on Data-aware Energy Use to be held September 29-October 1, 2014 at the University of California, San Diego. This workshop is part of a special NSF-sponsored program Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013+. Special priority will be given to Early Career Researchers who wish to participate, especially those who wish to present a paper. Early Career Researchers are defined as faculty or researchers who have earned their doctorate within the previous three years, postdocs, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates with research experience. Financial support is available for Early Career Researchers.

Increasing demand and expensive supply make efficient resource allocation and optimal decision making critical for energy systems. We need to make good choices about today's energy investments, because they will be with us for a long time. Data can help us make better choices if we can surmount concomitant challenges: large scale and distributed data acquisition; massive amounts of data; incomplete, unreliable or distributed data; real time data; fusing data for decision making; interoperating/distributed decision makers; decision making in dynamic environments of high consequence; consumer privacy - all complex, multidisciplinary problems.

The theme of the workshop is to study the importance, use, and value of data in decision making in energy applications. We will explore harnessing data to address problems in energy, emphasizing three primary areas: sensor networks, data mining, optimization applied to grids, homes, buildings and electric vehicles.

Focus areas include, but are not limited to:
- sensor networks for energy data acquisition
- data mining and analysis, to guide energy efficiency decision making and policy
- data driven optimization control of energy systems
- data collection and actuation in power systems and the smart grid
- ubiquitous applications of data aware energy use, such as smart homes and buildings

HOW TO APPLY TO PARTICIPATE AND FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT: If you would like to apply to participate, please go to to apply. There are a limited number of spaces available. At the same website, you may also apply for (partial) financial support. Applications to attend and for financial support will be accepted until all slots are filled.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PAPER OR POSTER: Papers and posters can be on any theme of the workshop as reflected in the workshop announcement. Talks will be approximately 15 minutes in length. Please include the title of the paper or poster, names and affiliations of authors, the contact author's name, address, email address, and phone number. The abstract or description should be no more than 20 lines, single-spaced. Submissions in tex or latex should not use style files unique to your institution. Indicate the presenter of multiple author papers with an asterisk (*). Please submit all requested information to Deadline for submission is August 15, 2014 or until all paper/poster slots are filled. Please indicate with your submission whether you would prefer to present your paper orally or in a poster session. Acknowledgement will be by email. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by email.

International Conference of 'International Association for Mathematical Geosciences'

17 Oct 2014 - 2am to 20 Oct 2014 - 2am
SES, JNU, New Delhi, India

Main Conference Theme
Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches for the Characterization of Natural Resources in the Environment: Challenges, Processes and Strategies

8th Graduate Climate Conference

31 Oct 2014 (All day) to 2 Nov 2014 (All day)
University of Washington Pack Forest Conference Center

The goal of this graduate student-organized conference is to assemble a broad range of talks and posters featuring high-quality student research focused on past, present, and future climate change and its impacts. We encourage students at all stages of their graduate career to apply and we seek abstracts on climate research from a variety of disciplines from the physical, natural, and social sciences and humanities, including: oceanography, atmospheric sciences, biology, geosciences, environmental sciences, engineering, geography, public policy, economics, law, ethics, and anthropology.

The abstract submission period opens April 14 and closes June 1. Lodging and meals are covered for all participants. Limited travel funding is also available. Please see the website for more information and for submitting abstracts.

Climate Variability: from Data and Models to Decisions

1 Dec 2014 (All day) to 5 Dec 2014 (All day)
Lorentz Center@Snellius, Leiden, Netherlands

The variability, in a warming climate, of regional phenomena such as the Indian monsoons are hard to predict with current climate models. This workshop will bring together climate scientists with mathematicians in order to frame the mathematical issues relevant to understanding this variability. There will be a particular focus on data assimilation, quantification of uncertainty, tipping points, and use of a hierarchy of models in decision making. The workshop is organized by Amit Apte, Henk Dijkstra, Chris Jones and Dave Stainforth.

Spatio-Temporal Dynamics in Ecology

8 Dec 2014 (All day) to 12 Dec 2014 (All day)
Lorenz Center@Oort, Leiden, The Netherlands

MCRN members Arjen Doelman and Antonios Zagaris are among the organizers. MCRN director Chris Jones is an invited speaker. The workshop addresses: spatial patterns and other forms of spatial organization emerging from the interaction of organisms with the physical world; effects of spatio-temporal complexity on the dynamics of natural communities; and the translation of individual behavior to the population continuum, with emphasis on movement.

AGU Fall Meeting

15 Dec 2014 (All day) to 19 Dec 2014 (All day)
San Francisco, CA

The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. AGU galvanizes a community of Earth and space scientists that collaboratively advances and communicates science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.

American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

4 Jan 2015 (All day) to 8 Jan 2015 (All day)
Phoenix, Arizona

Fulfilling the Vision of Weather, Water, and Climate Information for Every Need, Time, and Place

The meeting theme explores how our community is turning this vision into reality. Its focus is the scientific, technical, and professional advances – ongoing and anticipated – required to develop and deliver widespread, highly-customized weather, water, and climate information.

Non-equilibrium Dynamics of Climate: linking models to data

5 Jan 2015 (All day) to 7 Jan 2015 (All day)
Dartington Hall, Devon, UK

A 3-day collaborative workshop of the research networks: CliMathNet and Network+ on Emergence and Physics far from Equilibrium

Understanding the earth’s climate system poses many of the challenges that exist more widely in systems far from equilibrium. There are non-linear processes acting across a broad range of spatio-temporal scales, the system is driven and is far from equilibrium. In addition, we have only one realization of our (changing) climate and observational data is very limited. This workshop seeks to bring some of the ideas and methodology of non-equilibrium dynamics to bear on understanding the dynamics and variability of climate events, extremes and the emergence of spatio-temporal correlations.

Keynote speakers include
Daan Crommelin (CWI Amsterdam)
Brad Marston (Brown University,RI): 'Multiscale Approach to the Direct Statistical Simulation of Geophysical Flows'
Lenny Smith (University of Oxford)
Jacques Vanneste (University of Edinburgh): 'Dispersion and reaction of passive scalars: the large-deviation regime'

The workshop aims to review current work and identify future areas where non-equilibrium statistical mechanics methodologies can contribute to areas such as:
-maximum entropy principle approaches to environmental and ecological systems
-fluctuation-dissipation methods in climate and weather
-spatio-temporal correlations and large deviation models for extreme events
-non-equilibrium thermodynamics applied to atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere and biosphere interactions
-non-equilibrium and complex systems approaches to interactions between humans and climate

The workshop aims to bring together a wide range of researchers from Mathematics, Physics and Climate Science and is a joint venture between two EPSRC-funded networks:
-Network+ on Emergence and Physics far from Equilibrium

Joint Mathematics Meetings

10 Jan 2015 (All day) to 13 Jan 2015 (All day)
San Antonio, Texas

Hans Kaper and Christiane Rousseau are the organizers of the MAA Invited Paper Session "Mathematics of Planet Earth," which includes talks by Ken Golden and Richard McGehee.

NACP and AmeriFlux Principal Investigators Joint Meeting

26 Jan 2015 (All day) to 29 Jan 2015 (All day)
Washington D.C.

The central objective of the North American Carbon Program (NACP) is to measure and understand the sources and sinks of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), and Carbon Monoxide (CO) in North America and in adjacent ocean regions.

Advanced Course on Applied Paleoclimate Time Series Analysis

9 Feb 2015 (All day) to 13 Feb 2015 (All day)
Heckenbeck, Germany

The course is tailored to the needs of students and researchers in paleoclimatology. It deals with climate archives, proxy variables and dating. It shows you the statistical algorithms to optimally answer your questions about the paleoclimate.

You learn how the various uncertainty sources (proxy and dating) propagate into the uncertainty of the statistical estimation result. You become aware of the three major pitfalls in climate data analysis: ignored autocorrelation, violated Gaussian assumption and ignored multiplicity of hypothesis tests.

Paleoclimate application examples include:

o Northern Hemisphere Glaciation in the Pliocene (archive: marine sediment cores)

o Temperature and ice-volume changes during the late Pleistocene (ice cores)

o Monsoon proxy records and solar forcing in the Holocene (speleothem archive)

o Paleohurricane risk from proxy series during the past millennium (lake sediment cores)

o River floods during the past millennium (documentary sources)

o Runoff break points for the instrumental period (climate model output)

o Calibration of climate proxy variables

The course consists of lectures and extensive hands-on training in computer tutorials. Data, software, the lecture as PDF and a soft copy of the textbook (Mudelsee, 2014, Climate Time Series Analysis, 2nd edition, Springer, 454 pp) is included in the fee.

Accomodation, dinner, lunch, breakfast, snacks, coffee and tea as well as a shuttle service are also covered by the registration fee. In addition to paying the fee, you just have to arrange your travel!

Participants of past courses have praised the intellectual atmosphere, the family-like setting and nice rural landscape here at Heckenbeck.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own data for discussion and analysis during the course. The number of participants is limited to six (first come, first serve) to allow in-depth consultation with the course holder and textbook author, Manfred Mudelsee.

Registration fee, early-bird: 1650 EUR (net price, covers full course material, accomodation and all meals!)

Registration fee, late: 1950 EUR (net price)

Deadline for early-bird registration: 31 December 2014

Registration and more information:

Analytic Research Foundations for the Next Generation Electric Grid

11 Feb 2015 (All day) to 15 Feb 2015 (All day)
Beckman Conference Center 100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA

The workshop is hosted by the Board On Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications of the National Research Council of the National Academies. It's purpose is to help identify areas of inquiry where inroads by mathematicians would significantly advance electric power engineering problem solving ability.
Live streaming:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 -- 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. PST
Thursday, February 12, 2015 -- 8 a.m.-1 p.m. PST

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in-person, a live webcast will be available at on February 11 & 12. Questions? Contact Neal Glassman ( for more information.

AMS sectional meeting

7 Mar 2015 (All day) to 8 Mar 2015 (All day)
Georgetown University

American Mathematical Society sectional meeting (Meeting 1107). Hans Kaper and Hans Engler organized a special session on Conceptual Climate Models.

BMC/BAMC Mini Symposium

30 Mar 2015 (All day) to 2 Apr 2015 (All day)
Cambridge, UK

During the 4th Joint British Mathematical Colloquium & British Applied Mathematics Colloquium, we are pleased to announce a CliMathNet-sponsored mini-symposium titled "Mathematics, Climate and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics". The invited speakers so far include

Onno Bokhove (Leeds)

Mike Cullen (Met Office)

Alex Mahalov (Arizona State and MCRN)

Geoffrey Vallis (Exeter)

Conference on Complex Networks and Climate Variability

11 Apr 2015 (All day) to 12 Apr 2015 (All day)
Mercure Hotel Wien City, Vienna, Austria

The complex network paradigm is a fruitful tool for understanding complex systems in various areas of science. Over the last years, the research field of Climate Networks (i.e., the application of complex network tools to climate science) has produced many novel results that have improved our understanding of complex climate phenomena. These range from predicting the El Nino/Southern Oscillation, seasonal changes in the monsoon regions, early warning indicators of climate transitions and descriptions of ocean circulation coherence. In addition, many new tools and theoretical results have been generated which facilitate the network analysis and the interpretation of the results as applied to climate data.

During the conference we will discuss recent progress on Climate Networks and analyze the most promising directions of future research.

The conference is organized by the LINC project ( and is open to all researchers interested in climate phenomena, networks and complex systems. The conference will include invited talks, contributed talks and a poster session. It will take place April 11-12, 2015, just before the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2015 General Assembly.

Hotel Mercure Wien City
Hollandstrasse 3
Vienna is a wonderful city, with many cultural attractions, magnificent palaces and churches, and a world-class cuisine. It is connected by direct flights to many EU capitals and the major US airports. We strongly recommend that you make hotel arrangements well in advance as the conference will be just before the EGU 2015 General Assembly.

Important Deadlines:
Abstract submission deadline: February 15, 2015
Communication of acceptance: February 22, 2015
Deadline for hotel reservation to take advantage of the special discounted hotel rate for the conference attendees: March 1st, 2015
Registration deadline: March 31, 2015

Marcelo Barreiro (Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay)
Henk A. Dijkstra (Utrecht Univeristy, The Netherlands)
Emilio Hernandez-GarcÌa (IFISC, CSIC-University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
Cristina Masoller (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)

Multiscale modeling of the food system

27 Apr 2015 (All day) to 30 Apr 2015 (All day)
American Institute of Mathematics, San Jose, California

Organized by John Ingram and Mary Lou Zeeman, this workshop- sponsored by AIM and the NSF- will be devoted to developing a conceptual model of the U.S. food system, and elaborating a research agenda for continuing model development for world-wide analyses. With about 1 billion people hungry, 2 billion with insufficient nutrients and over 2 billion already overweight or obese, malnutrition is affecting the health outcomes of over half the global population. This workshop is therefore part of a larger-scale project to develop a hierarchy of models for food systems around the globe at multiple spatial and temporal levels. The overarching goal is to inform intervention strategies for improving sustainable food and nutrition security for all people.

The workshop will bring mathematicians together with researchers and stakeholders from across the food system. The food system includes the entire set of activities by which calories and nutrients are grown and/or harvested, processed, packaged, retailed, prepared and eventually become the food we consume. The importance of transporting, storing and trading activities are also noted throughout the system.

The main topics for the workshop are:

- Mathematical enrichment of a participatory process designed to gather and map stakeholder perceptions and understanding of the food system.
- Development of a conceptual model of the food system as a whole, providing the structural overview and framework for building models with more detail.
- Identifying what data is needed to parametrize and test the models.

The workshop will differ from typical conferences in some regards. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and parallel working sessions.

Midwest Mathematics and Climate Conference

30 Apr 2015 (All day) to 2 May 2015 (All day)
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The conference brings together a diverse group of atmospheric scientists and mathematicians. Conference topics of emphasis will include dynamics, high performance computing, numerical analysis, cloud systems behavior, data assimilation, dimension reduction, uncertainty quantification, model hierarchy, and statistical approaches. Henk Dijkstra delivers the public lecture, "Intrinsic Variability in the Climate System," and MCRN members Anna Barry, Sean Crowell, Mary Silber and Laura Slivinski are among the 20+ speakers. Some of the talks will be streamed.

Over fifty years have passed since Edward Lorenz’s classic paper in 1963. Substantial mathematical advances in the understanding of highly idealized dynamical systems have been made in the interim. The atmospheric science community has adopted some of the ideas developed by the applied mathematics community, in particular:

- an emphasis on the emergent properties of atmospheric flows, represented through a hierarchy of models, ranging from high-resolution cloud-resolving models to coupled Earth-system models
- a focus on attractor-like behavior (e.g., slow manifolds) in multiscale atmospheric flows
- attempts to identify tipping points and bifurcations in observations and models
- use of observations to constrain emergent behavior of models

The conference will bring together a diverse group of atmospheric scientists and mathematicians. Conference topics of emphasis will include dynamics, high performance computing, numerical analysis, cloud systems behavior, data assimilation, dimension reduction, uncertainty quantification, model hierarchy, and statistical approaches.

The conference will be run in a single session format (no parallel sessions).

Additional participants are encouraged to register (before April 3, 2015) at

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, and the Department of Mathematics, Department of Geography/Atmospheric Science Program, The Commons at the University of Kansas.

MPE 2013+ Workshop on Natural Disasters

13 May 2015 (All day) to 15 May 2015 (All day)
Georgia Tech

No part of the world is impervious to natural disaster. Epidemics, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, drought, tornadoes, wildfires, tsunamis, and extreme temperatures routinely take their toll. Mathematical sciences can help in predicting, monitoring, and responding to such events, and mitigating their effects.

Responding to Natural Disasters: The workshop will study mathematical problems arising in disaster response, e.g., in measures like evacuation, stockpiling supplies, quarantine, vaccination, and emergency communication. Mathematical challenges in evacuation include dynamic routing under changing road conditions; locating, staffing, supplying, and managing movement to relief facilities. Research challenges in this area include choices about optimal location and routing, interconnected with predictions of duration, onset time, and severity of events, under uncertain spatial distribution of populations and events. While location theory, network routing, and resource allocation are classical subjects in operations research and discrete mathematics, they are complicated by uncertainty and multiple objectives and call for new methods in stochastic optimization. Emergency transportation and evacuation involve routing in real-time under dynamically changing network structure. Spatial analysis, analysis of dynamic networks, and methods from dynamic queuing theory and Markovian decision process analysis can all be used to develop optimal evacuation strategies.

Plans for swift, organized response to a public health emergency include use of quarantine or vaccination and provision for needed supplies. We will review recent examples of public health emergencies, e.g., the worldwide outbreak of H1N1 flu in 2009, cholera in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, dengue in Puerto Rico in 2010, and avian influenza cases worldwide. We will revisit responses to such outbreaks, assess the effectiveness of the response, and identify where mathematical sciences can assist in the future. Relevant are spatio-temporal modeling and network modeling of disease, evolution of pathogens and emerging infections, criteria for vaccination or quarantine, complications from varying behavioral responses to disasters, and planning for "surge". Emergencies can also occur when food supplies are contaminated, as in outbreaks of. E. coli in beef (2009), salmonella in eggs (2010), and listeriosis in cantaloupes (2011). Building on these examples we will explore models of the food system from "farm to fork" to pinpoint vulnerabilities and design redundancies.

Responses to natural disasters are often initiated with limited information and considerable uncertainty about the post-event environment. Stochastic programming is often applied when there is uncertainty about the environment. Since every disaster is different, formalization of the uncertainty by probabilities of different states of the post-event environment is typically not possible. Robust optimization and online optimization are modeling approaches we will explore for decision making under uncertainty that focus on performing well for all potential environments.

Widespread use of social media can revolutionize emergency communication, spreading warning messages by authorities to large groups of people. Emergency managers currently study ways to word warning messages, to utilize social media, and to avoid overloading communication networks. We need models (as in of how emergency messages spread through social networks and how they will impact the population (targeted and non-targeted) and network resources. Such models would include stochastic parameters representing success of message design and branching probabilities for behavioral responses to messages. Models will enable us to explore limits on behavior and find values for model parameters that cause the network to overload and break down. Trust is a key consideration in emergency messaging, so theories of player trust in communication groups are required.

Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters: We can take steps to mitigate the damage from disasters. Flooding illustrates the challenges we will review. In the U.S., FEMA monitors potential for, responds to, and oversees recovery from floods; makes insurance payments for damage; and undertakes flood mitigation projects. Among potential flood mitigation strategies are improved flood forecasting and warning systems; retrofit of green infrastructure (e.g., cisterns and rain barrels, green roofs, pervious concrete) to reduce upstream runoff; flood-proofing and elevation of assets; cleanout of urban drainage systems; construction of dams, reservoirs, dikes, levees, and floodwalls; channel alterations; and high flow diversions and spillways. To compare these strategies, we need to be able to estimate their cost and benefit (in terms of reduced flood damage). This requires hydrological models to determine effect of a given mitigation strategy on water levels and risk assessments that include probabilities of different kinds of weather events and of damage from different water levels.

Hydrological models combine information on rainfall, soil moisture, seasonality, river levels prior to a rain event, elevation, watershed properties and land cover (natural and built environment) to produce flood inundation maps. Mathematical sciences can enhance hydrological models by providing better methods of calibration, improved models for land cover and soil types, analysis of the effect of channel geometry and flow speed, and more precise handling of uncertainty. Risk assessments include estimates of likelihood of weather events (amount and duration of rain, season, soil conditions, etc.) and prediction of related consequences. These may include loss of life, business, personal property, and the psychological impact of repeated flooding events. Different consequences must be "weighed" differently. We need to determine the extent to which we can rigorously combine consequences, which depends on the nature of the data. Methods used by EPA and the World Health Organization in their risk analyses are relevant, as is the theory of measurement.

Monitoring and Predicting Natural Disasters: Early warning can greatly reduce damage from an event. We will review the state of the art in prediction of flood levels, hurricanes and their landfall locations, tsunamis, heat waves, etc. We will consider the use of novel tools for surveillance, such as methods of information theory in disease surveillance; statistical methods of "syndromic surveillance" in public health events; sub-cluster statistics to give early warning of earthquakes; and spectral analysis of time series data to predict extreme events.

Organizers: Lora Billings, Montclair State University; Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Arizona State University (Education Chair); Midge Cozzens, DIMACS, Rutgers University; Eva Lee, (Chair), Georgia Institute of Technology; John Mitchell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Fred Roberts, DIMACS, Rutgers University; and William (Al) Wallace, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Email: billingsl at, ccchavez at, midgec at, eva.lee at, mitchj at, froberts at, wallaw at

SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems

17 May 2015 (All day) to 21 May 2015 (All day)
Snowbird, Utah

Many MCRNers meet and present their research. The MCRN HUB Tutorial is held on Tuesday, May 19th, from 6:30-7:30pm, in Alpine C (Snowbird Center, Level 2). Hans Kaper, Karna Gowda and Colin Grudzien lead the tutorial. Please bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone to set up an account and start utilizing the hub’s capabilities. MCRNers are welcomed to start gathering in Alpine C after the last Concurrent Sessions end (at 6:00). Mary Silber is on the DS15 conference organizing committee.

MPE 2013+ Workshop on Management of Natural Resources

4 Jun 2015 (All day) to 6 Jun 2015 (All day)
Howard University, Washington, DC

To maintain the long-term well-being of the global population, management of the world's natural resources must emphasize conservation and renewal over depletion and spending. Natural resource management is a broad topic with both national and international policy implications. This workshop will investigate challenges for the mathematical sciences including models that describe processes affecting water, forests, and food supplies. They involve complex adaptive systems that interconnect natural systems with human ones, thus calling for understanding of both types of systems.

Water: The quality of water in our lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans is critical to sustaining life. Locating sensors to monitor the water supply provides a variety of mathematical sciences challenges. Water and food production are critically linked and often modeled by economic-ecological models on lake eutrophication from agricultural runoff. Climate change challenges mathematical scientists to predict areas of future shortage. Large-scale computational models are required to better understand long-term and short-term carbon cycling in the oceans. The field of ocean science relies on sophisticated numerical analysis methods to model the interconnection of oceans and climate, but models such as those predicting temporal change of pH in oceans carry great uncertainty and require new fundamental methods for uncertainty quantification. Hydro-economic models are needed to address water demand, supply and management questions.

Forests: Forests contribute to clean air and provide lumber and habitat for many species. Forests are complex adaptive systems, displaying features of self-organization, connectedness, and resilience to small-scale disturbances. Challenges for the mathematical sciences are to model spatial and temporal complexity of forests, the effect of human processes such as deforestation, and the effect of feedback processes such as reforestation. The latter includes complex issues: spatial and temporal distribution of reforestation efforts, the effect of diversity (as in tropical forests with 100s of tree species), changing economic demands for lumber, etc. Monitoring forest health, e.g., through the US national forest inventory, leads to a variety of statistical challenges, such as sampling intensity, metrics of diversity and sustainability, and interplay of such variables as tree diameter, height, and health, live/dead status, and understory vegetation. Critical statistical issues involve spatial interpolation methods and changepoint detection. Forest fire prevention is a central issue in forest management, requiring a process to decide which fires should be suppressed. Combinatorial optimization approaches can be found in, but stochastic models to aid in real-time decision making about fire suppression are needed as opposed to longer-term stochastic modeling. Finally, insect pests threaten forest health and call for serious new work on control problems.

Food: Food shortage is an international challenge, and food resource models (of fisheries, forest products, crops) can impact international policy. Model features can include multispecies, age structure, spatial heterogeneities, marine reserves and economic analysis. Mathematical models have guided fisheries management for over 50 years. Many such models aimed at determining the best strategy for obtaining the maximum sustainable yield for various fish stocks but sometimes led to unexpected conclusions. Tradable quotas addressed some of these issues but led to other questions such as determining effective pricing systems and understanding the impact of a pricing system on the economic system and on the ecology. The use of "no take" areas to protect breeding stocks could lead to greater fish catches in the long term, but need appropriate incentive systems to promote compliance. Other modeling questions arise in estimating the "optimal" age for capture. Finally, there are mathematical challenges in developing decision rules for enforcement.

Agricultural systems are coupled with environmental and human processes. For example, they account for 70% of water usage worldwide. Methods to achieve equitable allocation of resources to meet increasing world demand are needed, as are methods to assess policies in the face of uncertainty from environmental conditions and human response. Considerable work exists on management of agricultural systems and resulting impact on food availability, water resources, waste production, and greenhouse gas emission. For example, significant challenges to accurate prediction of greenhouse gas emission arise from spatial and temporal variation in agricultural practice.

Many mathematical science challenges cut across the applied areas of water, forests, and food, and these areas in turn overlap each other. We will devote part of each day to discussion of common features and overlapping mathematical issues. Discussion topics may include: sequential decisions under uncertainty; game theory in competition for resources; use of mathematical economics for pricing policy and incentives; control theory for management of resources; mathematical models of human and natural systems and their interactions; predictive methodologies for management of natural systems; spatio-temporal and network modeling for management of natural systems; spatially explicit modeling; computational biology as a modeling tool in management of natural systems; and ecologic inference.

Organizers: Jon Conrad, Cornell University; Midge Cozzens, DIMACS, Rutgers University; Avner Friedman, Ohio State/MBI; Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee (Education Chair); Catherine Roberts, College of the Holy Cross; Fred Roberts, DIMACS, Rutgers University; and Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, Howard University

Differential Equations, Probability and Sea Ice

21 Jun 2015 (All day) to 27 Jun 2015 (All day)
Snowbird, Utah

Mathematics Research Communities - 2015

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) invites mathematicians just beginning their research careers—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished— to become part of Mathematics Research Communities, a unique and successful program that builds social and collaborative networks to inspire and sustain each other in their work. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to participate. The structured program engages and guides all participants as they start their careers.

Daniel Feltham, University of Reading
Kenneth M. Golden, University of Utah
Mary Silber, Northwestern University
Court Strong, University of Utah
Deborah Sulsky, University of New Mexico

Online application forms will be available on November 1, 2014. Deadline for applications will be March 1, 2015.
The program includes:

- One-week summer conference for each topic
- Special Sessions at the national meeting
- Discussion networks by research topic
- Funding for additional collaborations
- Longitudinal study of early career mathematicians

Those accepted into this program will receive support (full room and board at Snowbird and up to US$700 in air transportation) for the summer conference, and will be partially supported for their participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings which follow in January 2016. The summer conferences of the MRC are held in the breathtaking mountain setting of the Snowbird Resort, Utah, where participants can enjoy the natural beauty and a collegial atmosphere. This program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Situated in a beautiful, breathtaking mountain setting, Snowbird Resort provides an extraordinary environment for the MRC. The atmosphere is comparable to the collegial gatherings at Oberwolfach and other conferences that combine peaceful natural ambience with stimulating meetings. MRC participants have access to a range of activities such as a tram ride to the top of the mountain, guided hikes, swimming, mountain bike tours, rock climbing, plus heated outdoor pools. More than a dozen walking and hiking trails head deep in the surrounding mountains. Participants also enjoy the simpler pleasures of convening on the patios at the resort to read, work, and socialize. In the evenings colleagues enjoy informal gatherings to network and continue discussion of the day's sessions over refreshments. Within a half hour of the University of Utah, Snowbird is easily accessible from the Salt Lake City International Airport. For more information about Snowbird Resort, see

26th IUGG General Assembly 2015

22 Jun 2015 (All day) to 2 Jul 2015 (All day)
Prague, Czech Republic

The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics has many interesting symposia:
U1 Future Earth and Sustainability
U3 Mathematics and Observations of Earth Systems
JC1 Sea Ice in the Arctic and Southern Oceans
C06 Ice Sheet and Ocean Interactions on Multiple Scales
C08 Ice Cores and Climate

Travel Grant applications (w/ abstract): January 15, 2015
Abstract submission: January 31, 2015

SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences

29 Jun 2015 (All day) to 2 Jul 2015 (All day)
Stanford, CA

MCRN is well represented at the conference, with an invited presentation and two minisymposia: see details at

MCRN co-director Hans Kaper is on the organizing committee. From points of view ranging from science to public policy, there is a growing interest in modeling and simulation of geosystems and their applications. Some examples include petroleum exploration and recovery, underground waste disposal and cleanup of hazardous waste, earthquake prediction, weather prediction, and global climate change. Such modeling is fundamentally interdisciplinary; physical and mathematical modeling at appropriate scales, physical experiments, mathematical theory, probability and statistics, numerical approximations, and large-scale computational algorithms all have important roles to play.

This conference facilitates communication between scientists of varying backgrounds and work environments facing similar issues in different fields, and provides a forum in which advances in parts of the larger modeling picture can become known to those working in other parts. These kinds of interactions are needed for meaningful progress in understanding and predicting complex physical phenomena in the geosciences.

CliMathNet Conference 2015

6 Jul 2015 (All day) to 10 Jul 2015 (All day)
University of Bath

The conference is based on the theme of numerical weather prediction and data assimilation, and the sessions of the conference will follow the life cycle of a weather forecast.

4th Summer School on Data Assimilation and its applications: Oceanography, Hydrology, Risk & Safety and Reservoir Engineering

20 Jul 2015 (All day) to 31 Jul 2015 (All day)
Universitatea Translivania, Brasov, Romania

The goal is to get together experts in the field of data assimilation from different schools (statistics, system and control, pure mathematics, engineering, ... ) and to make use of their knowledge by
• Educating graduate students, young and senior researchers
• Knowledge transfer from the best lecturers to the students
• Exposing these new theoretical/algortihmic approaches and their applications to the Romanian academia and researchers
• Having extensive discussions and exchanging ideas
• Working hands-on with academia and commercial dedicated softwares.

This summer school targets primarily students and researchers at an early stage of their career with/without previous experience in data assimilation.

Speakers and topics:
• Theoretical issues:
– Andreas Stordal (IRIS)- Particle filters and hybrid filters
– Geir Evensen (Statoil) - Ensemble Kalman Filter and its flavours
– Arnold Heemink (TU Delft) - Introductory talk on inverse modeling/data assimilation in geosciences
– Kees Lemmens (TU Delft) - Scientific Programming using C and Python; Parallel Programming using MPI; and GPU Programming using Cuda.
– Remus Hanea and Jon Satrom (Statoil and ResOptima)- Modern Reservoir characterization (Assisted History Matching) - Introduction and in-depth approaches.
– Roger Cooke (Resources for the Future) - Risk analysis and expert judgement basics and its applications

• Applications
– Laurent Bertino (Nansen Center) - Ocean and climate applications
– Ben Ale (TU Delft) - Risk quantification, risk management and Safety issues.
– Cristian Dinu (DHI - Romania) - Hydrology and Hydromechanics applications using Mike
– Rahul Fonseca (TU Delft)and Alin Chitu (TNO) - Ensemble based robust optimization and its flavors (application in reservoir modeling)
– Martin Verlaan (Deltares) - The OpenDA data-assimilation toolbox

Cultural program: In the weekend (25-26 July 2015): to be announced.

• graduate students
• researchers
• Academia

Registration fee:
• Students 400 Euros
• Researchers and Academia 800 Euros

If you are interested in participating in this event please send an email to Remus Hanea, (, and please attach a short description of your research and interest in this event.

8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2015)

10 Aug 2015 (All day) to 14 Aug 2015 (All day)
Beijing, China

The minisymposia submission site opens March 30, 2014 with early decisions August 30, 2014 and final proposals due September 30, 2014. This submission site is hosted by the local organizers in Beijing, who are responsible for collecting all minisymposia proposals. An international organizing committee selected by ICIAM will review and judge these proposals for inclusion in the program.

The events SIAM normally hosts at its annual meeting will take place at ICIAM 2015 or the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15), March 14-18, 2015 in Salt Lake City.

EMS/ECAC conference

7 Sep 2015 (All day) to 11 Sep 2015 (All day)
Sofia, Bulgaria

The overall theme of the 15th Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society (EMS) and the 12th European Conference on Applications of Meteorology (ECAM) is
High impact weather and hydrological hazards: from observation to impact mitigation. Sarah Dance is the co-convenor of NWP 3: Data assimilation and use of observations in meteorology and oceanography.

Conference on Complex Systems

28 Sep 2015 (All day) to 2 Oct 2015 (All day)
Tempe, Arizona

The annual European Conferences on Complex Systems (ECCS), a major venue for the Complex Systems community, will be held (for the first time) in North America to foster and multiply contacts between the European, North American and Asian communities working in this domain. Three of the seven main conference tracks are: Foundations of Complex Systems (complex networks, self-organization, nonlinear dynamics, statistical physics, mathematical modeling, simulation); Infrastructure, Planning and Environment (critical infrastructures, urban planning, mobility, transport, energy); and Social Ecological Systems (global environmental change, green growth, sustainability, resilience).

CCS’15 is a 5-day conference. A coherent two-day program (days 1 and 2) focuses on established and emerging Complex Systems domains represented by the 'tracks', animated by plenary speakers, followed by symposia that offer participants in those domains the occasion to address their colleagues.
Days 3 and 4 are intended to explore the completely new, by means of workshops and sessions, where the proposers determine the topic, participants and structure of proposed satellite sessions.
On day 5, a general session will bring these strands together. We will also devote time to honor important individuals, place young scientists in the spotlight, and award prizes for achievements.

Call for Papers and Posters
All fields of complexity science are encouraged, including disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary work. Integrative research is particularly encouraged.

Important Dates
22 April, 2015: Deadline for submission of proposals for satellite sessions.
7 May, 2015: Deadline for submission of abstracts for papers, ignites, and satellites, or
proposed posters.
22 May, 2015: Notification to satellite session organizers.
8 June, 2015: Notification to authors of papers, ignites, and posters.
15 August, 2015: Final abstracts due in electronic form. All authors should revise their abstract
or proposal in EasyChair and attach a camera-ready pdf file to the EasyChair submission
( Do not send them separately to the
conference program committee. No revisions of abstracts will be accepted after this date or
included in the conference abstract database.

Hosted by:
Arizona State University
Complex Systems Society
Santa Fe Institute http://

2nd International Conference on Global Food Security

11 Oct 2015 (All day) to 14 Oct 2015 (All day)
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

The conference aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from research in any of a wide range of disciplines. Join us in this exciting opportunity to ensure that the best science is garnered to support the emergence of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Achieving global food security whilst reconciling demands on the environment is the greatest challenge faced by mankind. By 2050 we will need to feed at least 9 billion people. The urgency of the issue has led to huge scientific strides forwards, making it difficult to keep up with the rapidly expanding volume of scientific research.

We aim to better understand economic, social, biophysical, technological and institutional drivers of current and future global food security. The conference will address food production, processing, distribution and consumption; the availability, access, utilization and stability dimensions of food security, and the synergies and trade-offs between environmental, economic or social objectives and outcomes. The conference will span crop, livestock, tree, freshwater and marine food systems to encompass both contextualized and holistic treatments of the broad challenge of food security.

Topics list for parallel sessions
-Global and local analyses of food security and its drivers
-Enabling policies for local and global food security
-Sustainable intensification of food production systems
-Urbanization, food value chains and food security
-Managing food-feed-biofuels competition
-Technological breakthroughs to help feed 9 billion
-Land and water sparing and sharing and trade-offs in balancing competing demands for natural resources
-Reducing loss and waste
-Reducing the risks to agriculture from climate change
-Nutritional security and food assistance programs
-Gender- and generation- differentiated food security concerns
-Sustainable sourcing of food products
-Business-science cooperation to advance food security

Abstract submission deadline 8 May 2015.