How do meteorologists forecast the weather and climate? Is there a way to predict the profit from a wind farm? These are some of the questions modern science addresses by using data assimilation. Many research institutes and companies (e.g. KNMI, Shell, US-NCAR or UK MetOffice) develop and employ data assimilation and the demand for trained personnel is constantly growing. The school will describe the theoretical foundation of data assimilation together with numerical tutorials, all the way to state-of-the-art methods, including modern machine learning approaches and their combination with data assimilation.

Data assimilation is the science of combining measurement data and computational models. It encompasses a large portfolio of methods at the crossroad between numerical analysis, linear algebra, statistics, dynamical systems and optimal control. Data assimilation is crucial in all circumstances where one wishes to make sense of a model against data and is therefore ubiquitous in science and in real life applications.

The summer school aims at covering the mathematical foundations of data assimilation and at describing the existing methods up to the advanced approaches currently being developed. In particular, the school will address variational and ensemble methods, nonlinear Bayesian techniques for high-dimensional systems and the modern hybrid approaches emerging from the cross-fertilization of data assimilation and machine learning. Continue reading →

Risk analysis is a critical part of the design, implementation and assessment of medical research and healthcare provision and development. It plays an active role from the design of clinical trials in drug development through to post-marketing surveillance of outcomes, and to the assessment of risk to health from environmental, occupational and individual-specific factors.

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Modeling dependent risks has become a central topic in quantitative risk management. The need for advanced dependence modeling arises in a variety of fields, including the environmental sciences, finance, insurance, and the health sciences.

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In banking and insurance, risk assessment is a major concern for managers and regulators. The computation of solvency requirements within regulatory frameworks such as Basel III and Solvency II requires accurate modeling of the risks inherent to high-dimensional portfolios. Continue reading →

Global change and rising pressure on the environment are having increasingly visible impacts on the sustainability of human activities. For example, heat waves seem to be more and more frequent. It is essential to be able to forecast the likely size and impact of these and other extreme events such as droughts and major windstorms if we are to adapt to them and attempt to mitigate their future effects. Continue reading →

The QRM Tutorial team offers a Summer School from August 21 to August 24 in Montreal as part of the thematic semester “Risk in Complex Systems”. It will take place in the room Beethoven at the CIRANO, 14th floor, 1130, … Continue reading →

Hazards inherent to complex interconnected systems can lead to disasters of epic proportions with untold environmental, economic and social consequences. The identification, quantification, prediction, control, and mitigation of risk factors is thus essential to ensure individual protection and system integrity while promoting sustainable development. Continue reading →

The theme is quantitative modeling for managing natural resources in an era of climate change.

Four keynote speakers (Hugh Possingham, Garciela Ana Canziani, Jim Cushing, and Shandelle M. Henson) will address the use of mathematical models to study biodiversity and the effects of climate change on various ecosystems and offer recommendations for managing them in a sustainable manner. Continue reading →

Impact cratering on planetary surfaces is one of the most important geological processes in the solar system. The cratered landscapes such as on the Moon, Mars or Mercury testify to the importance of collision events during the evolution of planets. … Continue reading →

We are pleased to announce that the 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2013) will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Adelaide, South Australia, from Sunday 1 to Friday 6 December 2013. ASOR (the Australian Society for Operations Research) and … Continue reading →

ERC NUMERIWAVES Seminar New analytical and numerical methods in wave propagation Tarmo SOOMERE, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, Institute of Cybernetics at TUT, Head of Wave Engineering Laboratory, Estonian Academy of Sciences CHANGING WAVE CLIMATE IN THE BALTIC … Continue reading →

On November 12, 13 and 15, we are organizing the so-called Biomath days to which we invite students from the third grade of secondary school. On each of these days, the participating students will get in touch with the world … Continue reading →

The Department of Mathematical Modelling, Statistics and Bioinformatics, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, has seized the worldwide MPE initiative to illustrate the merits of clinging to a mathematical viewpoint within those domains of science that pursue deeper insights into … Continue reading →

The Swedish National Committee for Mathematics arranges a free of charge public symposium in Stockholm, November 9th, 2013. The talks, given in Swedish, have titles that can be translated to:”So do numerical models for weather- and climate-forecasts work” , “Even living … Continue reading →

It is a Chinese curse that you should ‘live in interesting times’. These are times when things are changing quickly, and often not for the better. But why do we have both boring times when nothing much happens and interesting … Continue reading →

Prof. Dr. Rupert Klein of Freie Universität Berlin delivers the sixth in the MPE2013 Simons Public Lecture series. Watch the video of Prof. Dr. Klein’s lecture Abstract Several illustrative examples will elucidate typical mathematical contributions to climate research which, by … Continue reading →

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Kafemath le jeudi 14 mars 2013 à 20 heures à “La Coulée Douce“, 51 rue du Sahel, Paris 12 ième. par Sylvie Joussaume, directrice de Recherche au CNRS, Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace. Résumé d’auteur. “Les observations mettent en évidence un … Continue reading →

Environmental Mathematics Day This workshop presents some contributions of the applied mathematics to the analysis of the behaviour of environmental systems. It addresses quite different systems: Hydrodynamic flows, glaciers, fisheries and forest fires. Our purpose is to show how applied mathematics can provide … Continue reading →

BCAM-Basque Center of Applied Mathematics, in collaboration with the Chair of Scientific Culture of the University of the Basque Country and the Alliance of Technological Centers IK4, invite you to the public lecture M4TEMOZIOA Matematikaren Hitzordua I Cita con las … Continue reading →

Watch the video of Dr. Dominici’s lecture Abstract Over the next century, climate change is expected to lead to an increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events such as heat waves. Climate change is also expected to impact … Continue reading →

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This discussion meeting will mainly cover the following topics: (i) Mathematical theory of tropical meteorology; (ii) Observations and numerical simulations of these phenomena; (iii) Role of clouds and convection in the tropics; (iv) Prediction and data assimilation techniques.

This two-day short course introduces conceptual models of the Earth’s climate system. The first day is devoted to Energy Balance Models (EBMs): differential equations which express the physical law of energy conservation in mathematical terms. The second day is devoted … Continue reading →

IIASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. From June through August accepted participants work within the … Continue reading →

Materials are available for mathematics courses (mostly Calculus I, Statistics, & Differential Equations) covering a variety of sustainability related topics. Tom Pfaff’s Sustainability Materials Sustainability Math Resources Website

SpaceMath@NASA in collaboration with Houghton-Mifflin has produced a multi-media module for seventh grade math students that covers climate change. The module includes a press release, NASA video, and a series of standards-based three math problems for student exploration of global … Continue reading →

SpaceMath@NASA in collaboration with Houghton-Mifflin has produced a multi-media module for sixth grade math students that covers climate change. The module includes a press release, NASA video, and a series of standards-based three math problems for student exploration of global … Continue reading →

SpaceMath@NASA has created a number of individual math problems for grades 5-12 that feature Earth science themes. This webpage is the archive of these problems – each is given by its title, content, grade level and math skill, and consists … Continue reading →

With 103 problems designed for middle and high school students, this book covers many topics in remote sensing, satellite imaging, image analysis and interpretation. Examples are culled from NASA earth science and astronomy missions. Students learn about instrument resolution and … Continue reading →

The central objective of the program is to gather researchers in stochastic analysis, mathematical finance, financial economics, and insurance mathematics to exchange ideas on the current state-of-the-art in commodities and environmental finance. This will be accomplished by three 5-lecture Short … Continue reading →

With 46 problems tailored for grades 5-9, students explore the simple mathematics behind global climate change through analyzing graphical data, data from NASA satellites, and by performing simple calculations of carbon usage using home electric bills and national and international … Continue reading →

Mathematics of Energy and Climate Change The international conference will have around 10 keynote speakers and 20 thematic sessions with an approximated total of 100 speakers. The keynote speakers are top researchers in mathematics and science whose discoveries had a … Continue reading →

We all know something about waves; we’ve seen them in the sea and as ripples on a pond. We know that sound travels to our ears as a wave and that some properties of light can be explained by its … Continue reading →

Professor Inez Fung visits South Africa to deliver the third in the international series of MPE2013 Simons Public Lectures. Watch the video of Dr. Fung’s lecture Abstract: Climate models solve the equations for the conservation of momentum, mass, energy, water … Continue reading →

This meeting is being organized as a part of the activities related to the “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013”. The scientific themes of the Ramanujan Lectures by Prof. Majda will be modelling of wave phenomena in the tropics, study of … Continue reading →

MCRN Annotated reading lists: Each reading list is designed to provide an introductory guide to one area of climate science through its literature. They can be used for independent study, or as the foundation for upper division and graduate reading courses. … Continue reading →

April is Math Awareness Month in the US! Check out the essays, posters and related materials for 2013 and previous years‘ themes, including: 2013 – Mathematical and Sustainability 2011 – Unraveling Complex Systems 2009 – Mathematics and Climate 2008 – … Continue reading →

Coming Soon: modules on math and sustainability topics, developed with NSF funding at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) in collaboration with the Mathematics and Climate Research Network. Modules are targeted to core curriculum college mathematics … Continue reading →

This workshop is a satellite activity of the 2013 Mathematical Congress of the Americas (MCA2013). 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. Continue reading →

The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists from three areas as diverse as Earth Sciences of fluid phenomena, Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and the Theory of Extreme Events for dynamical systems. Though they have historically common roots and … Continue reading →

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 … Continue reading →

Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey, visited the San Francisco Bay Area for the second MPE2013 Simons Public Lecture. Watch the video of Dr. Shuckburgh’s lecture Abstract: The signs of disruption to our climate are all around us. California has … Continue reading →

The lecture will be the kick off of MPE2013 in South Africa, taking place during the annual congress of SAMS. Continue reading →

Data assimilation (DA) aims at determining and predicting the state of a dynamical system as accurately as possible by combining heterogeneous sources of information in an optimal way. The mathematical problem of DA is both fundamental in that it aims … Continue reading →

Climate change is a significant and emerging threat to public health, and changes the way we must look at protecting vulnerable populations. Continue reading →

Fields Institute program on the Mathematics of Oceans, that is to take place in the year 2013 as a part of the initiative for the Mathematics of Planet Earth.

There are three principal themes for this program:

(1) nonlinear ocean wave dynamics, including extreme wave dynamics such as rogue waves and tsunamis,

(2) oceanic circulation and ocean-atmosphere interaction, including global scale phenomena such as the meridional overturning circulation and currents such as the Gulf Stream, mesoscale processes described by quasi-geostrophic flows, as well as highly nonlinear submesoscale processes, including their role in the stability of the earth’s climate, and the impact of their variations; and

(3) wave interactions and turbulence, including statistical descriptions of ocean wave spectra and its role in predictions of sea state and weather. Continue reading →

This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will be devoted to the mathematical foundations, physical underpinnings and applications of large scale stochastic models for climate and weather.

The workshop is intended to be a forum for interaction between statisticians, stochasticists, climate modelers, ocean observers and data assimilators. The goal is to develop observation strategies and design computer experiments to better understand the model and data uncertainties that relate directly to oceans and ocean-related feedback mechanisms. The timing is good in that the studies that form the basis for the fifth assessment report of the IPCC are expected to be finished before the workshop. Continue reading →

As Planet Earth faces critical issues associated with future climate change, monitoring and prediction of the earth system is a pressing matter at a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. Continue reading →

Climate change is probably the largest problem ever faced by mankind—we have literally arrived at a point where we could feasibly destroy our own habitat. So what role can mathematics play in helping address this challenge? I believe that mathematics will play a central role in the solutions that will help us adapt to the climate change already occurring and prevent

runaway climate disaster. This talk touches on a few areas where math is playing a central role today and addresses the roles it might play. In some cases, as mathematicians, we will find ourselves married with psychologists to solve behavioral problems. We will be paired with farmers to solve agricultural problems. We will be minimizing energy and carbon in our supply chains. We will be building models for massive data analysis. We will be modeling the planet, and so on.

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