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Mathematicians Contribute to Understanding of Climate Change with The ‘Mathematics of Planet Earth’ 2013


mpe2013headerThe launch of Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) in the U.S will be commemorated by a series of presentations at the Annual National Mathematics Conference in San Diego on Wednesday, 9th of January. The international initiative, which brings together mathematicians from more than one hundred academic institutions and scholarly societies, has an aim to make lasting contributions to the field of weather and research.

The talks at MPE2013 will address some key questions, including can and how mathematics contribute to weather predictions and understanding of climate patterns, how to model disease outbreaks, the role of oceans in climate uncertainty, among others.

Interesting presentations are expected from the  Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) in Los Angeles on “Materials for a sustainable energy future” as well as from  the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in Berkeley, California on “Ecosystem dynamics and management.”

The latter institute is also planning to host a summer school on “Mathematics of seismic imaging” this year. Other events that will take place at the conference include a lectures by Ken Golden,  professor of mathematics at the University of Utah and recently back from Antarctica, and Emily Shuckburgh, a climate scientist with the British Antarctic Survey.

In addition, Samuel Stechmann, mathematics professor at the University of Wisconsin, will describe a new model of the huge traveling wave in the atmosphere called the Madden–Julian Oscillation (MJO). Another anticipated talk will be given by Juan M. Restrepo, group leader of the Uncertainty Quantification Group and the faculty in the Mathematics Department at The University of Arizona, on the topic of “How Do You Determine Whether The Earth Is Warming Up?”

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