Today, allow me to indulge in a bit of self-promotion on the occasion of the publication by the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) of a new textbook, “Mathematics and Climate,” co-authored by your friendly MPE Blogmaster, Hans Kaper, and my colleague, Hans Engler, at Georgetown University. This afternoon, we are celebrating the publication at a book release party at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Faculty, students, university administrators, and friends and colleagues of the authors have been invited to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to join in the celebration.
The book grew out of a course under the same title, “Mathematics and Climate,” taught by the authors at Georgetown University in 2009 for students at the upper-undergraduate and beginning graduate level and will be used as a text for a similar course in the Spring semester of the current academic year.
From the publisher’s announcement:
“This is a timely textbook aimed at students and researchers in mathematics, and statistics who are interested in current issues of climate science, as well as at climate scientists who wish to become familiar with qualitative and quantitative methods of mathematics and statistics.The authors emphasize conceptual models that capture important aspects of Earth’s climate system and present the mathematical and statistical techniques that can be applied to their analysis. Topics form climate science include the Earth’s energy balance, temperature distribution, and ocean circulation patterns; among the mathematical and statistical techniques presented in the text are dynamical systems and bifurcation theory, Fourier analysis, and extreme value theory.”
Information about the book can be found here.