identifying and solving fundamental questions about the Planet Earth.

Mathematics, statistics, and mechanics are essential tools in

geosciences. Mathematical methods play a defining role in solving

dynamical geophysical processes in the Earth interior, oceans and

atmosphere that determine our climate, weather, natural hazards,

water, and energy resources. The challenges facing our planet and our

civilization are multidisciplinary and multifaceted, and the

mathematical sciences play a central role in the global effort to

understand and to deal with these challenges. The session will

contribute to the international year “Mathematics of Planet Earth

2013” (www.mpe2013.org).

Speakers:

1. Mathematics of Planet Earth

Christiane Rousseau (Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada)

Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union,

and initiator of the 2013 UNESCO Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth

2. Imaging Earth’s interior based on spectral-element and adjoint methods

Jeroen Thomp, Hejun Zhu and Ebru Bozdag (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA)

3. Understanding Interior Dynamics in Earth and Terrestrial Planets:

The Essential role of Analytical and Computational Mathematics

Paul Tackley (ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)

4. Mathematical Unveiling of the Past and Present Carbon Cycle

Daniel Rothman (Lorenz Center, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA)

5. Climate change and mathematics of sea ice

Kenneth M Golden (University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA)

6. Mathematical challenges in glacier modeling

Guillaume Jouvet (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),

a winner of the 2013 UNESCO Prize of the MPE Competition