Midwest Mathematics and Climate Conference

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The conference is sponsored by the National Science FoundationInstitute of Mathematics and Its Applications, the Office of Research,College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Department of MathematicsDepartment of Geography/Atmospheric Science Program, and The Commons at the University of Kansas. The conference is supported in part by the IMA through its Participating Institution (PI) Program. PI members may use IMA/PI funds to support personnel's travel to this conference. This conference also was supported by MCRN and the videos of conference lectures are hosted here by permission of the authors. The conference program description is below.

 The Midwest Mathematics and Climate Conference will be held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, April 30-May 2, 2015. On Thursday, the conference will be held in the Summerfield Room at the Alumni Center. On Friday and Saturday, the conference will be held at The Commons in Spooner Hall.

Over fifty years have passed since Edward Lorenz’s classic paper in 1963. Substantial mathematical advances in the understanding of highly idealized dynamical systems have been made in the interim. The atmospheric science community has adopted some of the ideas developed by the applied mathematics community, in particular:

  • an emphasis on the emergent properties of atmospheric flows, represented through a hierarchy of models, ranging from high-resolution cloud-resolving models to coupled Earth-system models
  • a focus on attractor-like behavior (e.g., slow manifolds) in multiscale atmospheric flows
  • attempts to identify tipping points and bifurcations in observations and models
  • use of observations to constrain emergent behavior of models

The conference will bring together a diverse group of atmospheric scientists and mathematicians. Conference topics of emphasis will include dynamics, high performance computing, numerical analysis, cloud systems behavior, data assimilation, dimension reduction, uncertainty quantification, model hierarchy, and statistical approaches.



Steering Committee

Local Coordinator

  • Gloria Prothe, Department of Mathematics, University of Kansas, gprothe@ku.edu

Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • 2015430


Christopher KRT Jones1, Colin James Grudzien2

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mathematics 2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Mathematics


In This Workshop

  1. Midwest Mathematics and Climate Conference - Day 1 Afternoon Session

    12 May 2015 | Presentations

    Graham Feingold, National Oceanic & Atmospheric AdministratonDynamical System Analogues to Cloud SystemsShallow convection exhibits fascinating cellular structures at scales of a few to several hundred kilometers. Configurations of relatively cloud free open cell states, or much cloudier...

  2. Midwest Mathematics and Climate Conference - Day 2 Morning Session

    12 May 2015 | Presentations

    Juan Restrepo, Oregon State UniversityData AssimilationAccounting for uncertainties has led us to alter our expectations of what is predictable and how such predictions compare to nature. A significant effort, in recent years, has been placed on creating new uncertainty quantification...

  3. Midwest Mathematics and Climate Conference - Day 2 Afternoon Session

    12 May 2015 | Presentations | Contributor(s): Colin James Grudzien

    Charles Jackson, University of Texas, AustinDual-state Behavior of the Community Climate System ModelIce age climate between 80,000 and 11,000 years ago experienced abrupt (< 10 year) global-scale climate transitions every few thousand years. Evidence and theory suggests such behavior may be...

  4. Midwest Mathematics and Climate Conference - Day 3 Afternoon Session

    12 May 2015 | Presentations

    Mary Silber, Northwestern UniversityPattern Formation in the Drylands: Self Organization in Semi-Arid EcosystemsMuch of our understanding of spontaneous pattern formation in spatially extended systems was developed in the “wetlands" of fluid mechanics. That setting allowed...