## MPE Web Site Reactivated

The MPE web site was started as part of MPE2013, the year-long program in 2013 organized to raise awareness in the mathematical sciences community of the many challenges facing planet Earth and, at the same time, highlight through public outreach activities the various ways in which the mathematical sciences community was addressing these challenges. After 2013, when MPE2013 morphed into MPE, the web site featured sporadic articles but was not maintained in any systematic way.

It seems appropriate to reactivate the web site on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Our planet faces numerous challenges, several of which are amenable to mathematical and statistical analysis, while others may lead to new developments in the mathematical sciences. We hope that the web site will serve as a forum for the MPE community.

The web site will be moderated, as before, and hosted by DIMACS, the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science at Rutgers University. We encourage everyone interested in the topic areas of MPE to contribute items worthy of note.

## Inaugural MPE Prize Awarded to Professor Christopher K.R.T. Jones

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth (SIAG/MPE) have announced the establishment of a new prize, the SIAG/MPE Prize (“MPE Prize”). The MPE Prize will be awarded every two years, beginning in 2020, to one individual for significant scientific work in topic areas that are relevant to MPE or for sustained or seminal contributions to the scientific agenda of the SIAG/MPE.

The inaugural MPE Prize has been awarded to Professor Christopher K.R.T. Jones, the Bill Guthridge Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network (MCRN). The award recognizes Professor Jones for his leadership in engaging mathematicians in climate research, and for fundamental research contributions to Lagrangian data assimilation.

The Prize lecture, originally scheduled to take place at the 2020 SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE20), will be given virtually on August 3 2020 at 11:00am EDT.

Click here for details about the MPE Prize.

## MPE20: Third Meeting of the SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth, Garden Grove, California, June 8-10, 2020

Click here for details.

**Note**: MPE20 has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

## Panel Discussion: “How Can Mathematicians Contribute to Planetary Challenges,” ICM, Rio de Janeiro, August 7, 2018

The panel, the first of this kind at an ICM, was moderated by Hans Engler, Chair of the SIAM Activity Group in Mathematics of Planet Earth. The panelists — Amit Apte (India), Maria Esteban (France), Pedro Leita sa Silva Dias (Brazil), Edward Lungu (Botswana) and Claudia Sagistazabal (Brazil) — addressed the question by highlighting a broad spectrum of potential applications of mathematics to planetary issues and presenting several concrete problems in detail. The panelists also discussed how to make this spectrum of problems accessible and attractive to mathematicians, with special emphasis on young researchers. Finally, the panelists shared ideas about connecting research results with decision-making.

Watch the video.

## Winners of the Second MPE Competition for Exhibition Modules Announced (October 2017)

Mathematics of Planet Earth, UNESCO, the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), and IMAGINARY have announced the winners of the second international competition for exhibition modules for the Open Source Exhibition *Mathematics of Planet Earth* (MPE).

An international jury evaluated 28 submissions from 16 countries and awarded a total of US$ 8,000 in prize money to the three winners:

1. “Simulating the melting of ice caps” (software by M. Nodet and J. Erhel)

2. “Powergrid Dynamics Simulation” (software by F. Hellmann and P. Schultz)

3. “EUHFORIA: modeling the dangers of the sun” (film by C. Verbeke)

Additionally, eight submissions received a special honorable mention.

The winning modules will be unveiled at the opening ceremony of the MPE exhibition at Imperial College London, which is organized by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the Mathematics of Planet Earth. The exhibition in London is open from October 21 – 29, 2017 (10 am to 6 pm) and is open to the general public with free admission. The winning modules can be downloaded under an open license from http://imaginary.org/mpe.

## MPE in Africa – New Competition and Exhibition

Today, March 9, 2016, The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering 2016 starts in Dakar, Senegal. The three-day event will showcase often underreported scientific progress in Africa, holding up the NEF Fellows as examples of the exceptional scientific potential and progress across Africa. It also hosts the launch of a new international competition for MPE exhibition modules. This second international competition, jointly organized by IMAGINARY, UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP), the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), will enrich the exhibition with new modules, aiming to address challenges in Africa and other regions of the world. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. The first, second and third prize will be awarded 5000, 2000 and 1000 USD respectively. There is a special prize for topics with a direct relation to or impact on the African continent (2000 USD).

With the support of UNESCO, IMAGINARY (a project by the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO) and partner of NEF) presents an interactive mathematics exhibition at the NEF Global Gathering showcasing all winning modules of the open source MPE exhibition modules competition in 2013 accompanied by classics from the exhibition IMAGINARY – through the eyes of mathematics.

Read the News Message at the IMAGINARY platform and find background information for downloading.

## New SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth

Mathematics of Planet Earth has highlighted the need for researchers with a broad view of planetary issues: climate change, quantification of uncertainty, move to an economy of sustainability, preservation of biodiversity, adaptation to change. Joining forces with other disciplines and recruiting young researchers to work on these issues is a priority. This is why the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has created a new ** SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth (SIAG/MPE)**.

The purpose of this activity group is to provide a forum for mathematicians and computational scientists to study Planet Earth, its life-supporting capacity, and the impact of human activities. By opening up a new area of applications, the SIAG will stimulate interesting research in the mathematical sciences. Activities of the SIAG will include the biennial SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth (the first one to take place in 2016), minisymposia at SIAM Annual Meetings, and other conferences. SIAM members can join at Joining SIAG/MPE; others need first to join SIAM.

## MPE2013 Morphs into Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE)

The successful year-long initiative MPE2013 will continue beyond 2013

MONTREAL, December 11, 2013 – On January 1, 2014, the international project “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013” (MPE2013) will morph into “Mathematics of Planet Earth” (MPE). The objectives remain unchanged – identify fundamental research questions about Planet Earth and reach out to the general public.

**Click here for reports about MPE2013 and prospects for MPE**

## MPE2013+ in Review

The program on Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) coordinated activities exploring applications of the mathematical sciences to problems affecting the planet at research centers around the world during 2013. When the year ended, it was clear that there was still much left to explore, so the MPE 2013+ project, led by DIMACS with support from the National Science Foundation and involving individuals and institutions from across the US, was launched to extend the activities and focus on the role of the mathematical sciences to serve the planet. Read the full article here.