Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe)


IMAGe Advisory Board

  • Past Chair: Chris Bretherton, University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

  • James Curry, University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Applied Mathematics

  • Alan Gelfand, Duke University, Statistics and Decision Sciences

  • Darryl Holm, Imperial College & Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Chris Jones, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Department of Mathematics

  • Andrew Majda, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

  • George Papanicolaou, Stanford University, Department of Mathematics

  • Carolyn Reynolds, Naval Research Laboratory, Marine Meteorology Division

  • Ellen Zweibel, Astronomy Department, University of Wisconsin

2006 Meeting

The IMAGe Advisory Board meeting took place October 3,4 with a specific charge to guide its deliberations and feedback (see below). IMAGe staff were invited to attend the morning session on Tuesday and to hear the Board's oral report on Wednesday. The Board's written report was circulated to IMAGe staff and is available to UCAR members for review. (Individuals outside of UCAR should contact the IMAGe director for access to the report.)

Charge to the Board

The IMAGe Advisory Board is a external advisory group that will report to Doug Nychka, the IMAGe Director and Al Kellie, the Director of the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. The Board will provide a valuable external perspective on IMAGe and in general is encouraged to:

a) suggest ways that IMAGe can interact with the broader mathematical sciences communities.

b) identify areas or problems in the geosciences that have the potential to benefit from mathematical and statistical methods and where IMAGe can facilitate collaboration.

The following specific areas have been identified where the Board's advice is needed.

1. What are the strengths of IMAGe?

2. What are principles to balance IMAGe activities among outreach, theme-of-the-year, fundamental research and service to other NCAR science programs?

3. What are good topics in mathematics that support the NCAR science plan? What topics are suitable for a theme-of-the-year and what areas are better pursued as collaborative research?

4. How can IMAGe enhance its credibility among the mathematics community?

5. What should be the priorities for IMAGe growth?

The products from the Board visit are a short oral report at the end of the visit to the IMAGe staff and a written report sent within a few weeks after the visit. The Board should not feel limited by the specific topics listed above and if they are encouraged to address other areas that are relevant to the mission and goals of IMAGe. The Board can also provide informal comments to Doug Nychka that they feel need not be included in the report.