Lewis Mitchell convenes with International Partners

Q. Lewis, what have you been up to recently?

Last week I was in Padua, Italy, attending the SIAM conference on mathematical and computational issues in the geosciences. MCRN was well-represented at the meeting, with myself, Tom Bellsky, and Elaine Spiller having organized a two-part session on data assimilation featuring talks from our SAVI partners around the world. Our session was well attended, and it was a great opportunity to connect with a number of our colleagues from abroad. While the conference has its roots in the 'geo' part of geoscience, there was a noticeable shift towards climate-related problems at this year's meeting, in particular a plenary lecture by Tomislava Vukicevic on data assimilation and earth system sciences, chaired by MCRN's own Hans Kaper (who was also on the organizing committee).

Q. How was this conference different from others in which you have participated?

One great aspect of co-organizing a session at this meeting was the opportunity to meet with our SAVI partners. I had productive discussions with Amit Apte from TIFR as well as Hailang Du and Emma Suckling from LSE, and it was great to catch up with Gary Froyland (UNSW) and meet Arjen Doelman (Leiden). Overall, the conference was a great experience - it was a very useful way to build research collaborations, and of course the location, food and weather were all fantastic! I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to attend.

Q. What are your plans for the rest of the summer?

I'll be teaching at UVM, and working on a few different projects - some of which are collaborations with attendees at this SIAM conference, and some of which emerged from the "Mathematical Paradigms of Climate Science" meeting in Rome that I'm currently attending.

Thank you, Lewis. We look forward to hearing more from you and fellow MCRN collaborators!

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