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PI Summer Graduate Program Mathematics and Climate at the University of Kansas

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  • Chris Jones, MCRN and University of North Carolina
  • Dick McGehee, MCRN and University of Minnesota
  • Mary Silber, MCRN and University of Chicago
  • Erik Van Vleck, MCRN and University of Kansas

The use of mathematical models to understand climate phenomena is an important and growing area, most recently fueled by the looming climate disruption caused by the burning of fossil fuels and the consequent release of greenhouse gasses. The aims of this summer program are to introduce participating students to mathematical modeling, analysis, and computational techniques in climate science and to related research topics of current interest. The program will have a lecture/project format with students collaborating on research topics during the summer program and continuing their research collaboration using web-based collaboration tools utilized by the Mathematics and Climate Research Network (MCRN). Lectures will be delivered over the three-week summer school to support the following lecture/project format:

Week 1: Basic climate models (both conceptual and physical) and how to analyze these
models using techniques from PDEs, ODEs, and dynamical systems. Participants will form
project teams and discuss project topics.

Week 2: In-depth discussion of climate phenomena and models used to understand
them. Data analysis and computation, as well as integration of data and models.
Participants will refine group projects and work on them.

Week 3: How to use models and data together and how data assimilation can be used
to parameterize models. Participants will continue to explore research topics, present
results, and plan for future collaboration.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2016.

Program website:

When: Monday 18 July, 2016 8:00 am CDT - Friday 05 August, 2016 5:00 pm CDT
Where: Lawrence, KS
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