Hans Kaper reports on "Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences"
MCRN co-director Hans Kaper attended the SIAM meeting on "Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences" at the University of Padua, Italy, June 17-20, 2013. This meeting was sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group for Geosciences; co-chairs of the Organizing Committee were Michel Kern (INRIA and Maison de la simulation, France) and Mario Putti (Dept. of Mathematics, University of Padova, Italy). Dr. Kaper was a member of the Organizing Committee, with a special mandate to represent climate mathematics.
The meeting had approximately 500 registered participants. The program featured eight invited lectures, 90 minisymposia, 18 contributed paper sessions, and a poster session with approximately 40 posters.
Much of the program was focused on problems for multiphase flows in porous media. Climate mathematics was represented by one invited lecture, which was given by Dr. Tomislava Vukicevic, head of the Hurricane Research Division of the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. In her talk, entitled "Data Assimilation and Inverse Modeling in Earth System Sciences," Dr. Vukicevic discussed an interesting application of data assimilation to cloud parameterization. A minisymposium on data assimilation was organized by MCRN members Tom Bellsky, Lewis Mitchell and Elaine Spiller. In addition, there were minisymposia on (computational) ocean models, glacier and ice-sheet models, bacterial growth in biofilms, and earthquakes and tsunamis, and contributed paper sessions on atmosphere-ocean interactions and glacier dynamics.