Climate Change and Sustainability Program of the North American Mathematical Institutes
2010 Theme of the Year (TOY) on Mathematicians and Climate
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, seehttp://www.image.ucar.edu/ThemeOfTheYear
SIAM Annual Meeting
Mathematical and Statistical Approaches to Climate Modeling and Prediction
Ken Golden and some of his team take a “Math-pedition” to Antarctica
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 http://redthread.utah.edu/tag/antarctica
AAAS Annual Meeting
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, seehttp://www.aaas.org/meetings/2011/program/symposia/tracks.
AMS Eastern Sectional Meeting
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, seehttp://www.ams.org/meetings/sectional/2177_program.html
SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems
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, seehttp://www.siam.org/meetings/ds11
MBI Workshop on Ocean Ecologies and their Physical Habitats in a Changing Climate
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, seehttp://mbi.osu.edu/2010/ws6description.html.
Minisymposium on the Dynamics of the Earth’s Climate, International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)
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
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
Uncertainty Quantification: Observations Workshop
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 http://www.samsi.info/workshop/uq-observations-workshop-january-17-19-2012.
Workshop: Connections between Rotating, Stratified Turbulence, and Climate: Theory, Observations, Experiments and Models (Application Deadline: March 1)
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.
IUGG Conference on Mathematical Geophysics
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
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.
- 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),
Upcoming MCRN Annual Meeting
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 www.mathclimate.org/fall-2012-annual-meeting for details.
DISCCRS VII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium
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 sciences, mathematics, engineering, 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: http://disccrs.org/application_instructions
In addition to our annual symposia, DISCCRS provides online tools for catalyzing interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration:
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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.http://disccrs.org/register
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You can also subscribe online. http://disccrs.org/subscribe
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AAG, AERE, AGU, AMS, ASLO, ESA, ESS-ISA, STEP-APSA, TOS, USSEE
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"
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, BJGalluzzo@ship.edu.
Mathematics of Planet Earth, 2013
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
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
Organized by Lewis Mitchell and Tom Bellsky
Climate Change: The Science and the Math
Great Debate: Climate Change, Surviving the Future
The ASU Origins Project hosts esteemed panel including climatologist James Hansen.
AAAS 2013 Annual Meeting
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 http://www.ams.org/meetings/aaas2013#tipping
Climate disruption: what math and science have to say
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
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
MCRN node leader Inez Fung of UC Berkeley delivers Simons Public Lecture.
Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points
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
MCRN co-director Mary Lou Zeeman of Bowdoin College delivers MAA Distinguished Lecture.
Mathematics Awareness Month 2013
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 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
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
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
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
MCRN director Chris Jones is on the Scientific and Organizing Committee.
CliMathNet Conference 2013
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).
* 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Week-long interdisciplinary workshop focused on carbon cycle science.
2013 CESM Tutorial
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
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) (S.M.Wieczorek@exeter.ac.uk ). 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Conference for graduate students, organized and run by grad students in MIT's Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate.
Data Assimilation Day
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
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
Organized by MCRN members Thomas Bellsky, Jesse Berwald, and Lewis Mitchell.
Go to http://www.mathclimate.org/presentations 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
The dynamic program includes the Christie Lecture given by MCRN co-director Hans Kaper.
Phase Transitions in the Arctic Climate System
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
IMA Annual Thematic Program Workshop includes talks by MCRN's Chris Jones and Marian Gidea.
Mathematics and Climate: A new partnership
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 www.whoi.edu/main/gfd/webcast. The lectures will take place on June 16-20 and June 23-27 (M-F) at 10am-12noon.
SIAM Annual Meeting
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.
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 store.leeds.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=100 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 E.Paremain@exeter.ac.uk. 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 www.climathnet.org/conference2014
To join CliMathNet, please register for free here: http://www.climathnet.org/whoweare/members/
WCRP-ICTP Summer School on Attribution and Prediction of Extreme Events
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
Mathematics and Engineering in Marine and Earth Problems
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 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)
* 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 www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1377494.
Application deadline: 01 March 2014.
Accepted students informed by late April.
Questions should be directed to Susan Bates: bates AT ucar.edu
SIAM Conference of Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures
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
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
This meeting is specially designed for MCRN students, postdocs and junior faculty.
MCRN Annual Meeting
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
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
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 http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/EnergyUse/applicant.html 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 http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/EnergyUse/talk.html. 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'
Main Conference Theme
Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches for the Characterization of Natural Resources in the Environment: Challenges, Processes and Strategies
8th Graduate Climate Conference
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
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.
Differential Equations, Probability and Sea Ice
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 www.snowbird.com.
26th IUGG General Assembly 2015
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
8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2015)
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.