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.
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:
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.http://disccrs.org/register
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. http://disccrs.org/subscribe
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. http://disccrs.org/career
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.
Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences
SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences
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.
EARLY PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 16, 2013
LATE PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 31, 2013
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 SAVI partners in the UK!
Plenary speakers include MCRN director Chris Jones(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
Participants are invited to submit abstracts for talks or posters on related subjects by 18th March 2013.
Topic: Tipping Points in Climate Systems
MAA Conceptual Climate Models Summer Seminar
"The Mathematics of Planet Earth - Conceptual Climate Models."
The North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America is presenting its 2013 Summer Seminar on the topic of "The Mathematics of Planet Earth - Conceptual Climate Models." The seminar will take place July 22-24, 2013 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.
The focus for the seminar will be the study of mathematical models of the climate of planet earth. The material in the proposed Short Course will be 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 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.
Applications are invited of a 5-day workshop that is organized as a satellite activity of the 2013 Mathematical Congress of the Americas at CIMAT in Guanajuato (Mexico) during July 29 -- August 2 2013. The workshop will bring together about 40 young researchers, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean and a dozen distinguished scientists, each of which will give several lectures on a chosen topic.
*Partial support is available for selected early career researchers.*
•Graciela Canziani Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
•Susan Cutter University of South Carolina, USA
•Oscar Velasco Fuentes Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, Baja California, México
•Michael Ghil École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
•Eugenia Kalnay University of Maryland, College Park, USA
•Carlos R. Mechoso University of California Los Angeles, USA
•George Philander Princeton University, USA
• Bala Rajaratnam Stanford University, USA
• Eli Tziperman Harvard University, USA
Key Uncertainties in the Global Carbon-Cycle: Perspectives across terrestrial and ocean ecosystems
Researchers at any stage in their career are invited to this week-long interdisciplinary workshop focused on carbon cycle science.
Students attending the 2013 NCAR ASP Student Colloquium (http://www.asp.ucar.edu/colloquium/2013) will also attend the workshop.
Funds are available to partially support travel and lodging expenses for most participants.
Applications are due 15 April. To apply, go to
2013 CESM Tutorial
Community Earth System Modeling Tutorial
Workshop on Tipping Points
The workshop is 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 (see below for a list of confirmed participants).
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)
2013 SACNAS National Conference
Strengthening the Nation Through Diversity, Innovation and Leadership in STEM
IMA Hot Topics Workshop Predictability in Earth System Processes
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.
Organizers: Thomas Bellsky, Jesse Berwald, and Lewis Mitchell