IMAGe Theme of the Year
Boulder, CO 12 - 23 July 2010
Summer Graduate School on
Mathematics of Climate Change
Location: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado
It is generally accepted in the scientific community that the world
is undergoing a significant change in its climate. Mathematical models
play a central role in climate change research. The goal of this summer
graduate workshop is to introduce students to some of the central ideas
and techniques of mathematical climate science and engage them in the
process of uncovering the key mathematical problems of the area. It is
also an opportunity for students to meet peers from diverse backgrounds
in the mathematical sciences and gain experience working as a team
Students should be enrolled in a graduate level mathematics or
geoscience program. Students should also have some familiarity with one
of the following mathematical topics: dynamical systems, statistics for
spatial and temporal data, process modeling using differential
equations, applied probability, turbulence or the geoscience topics:
data assimilation, numerical modeling, parameterizations and process
studies. Although one goal of the school is to expose a broad cross
section of students in the mathematical sciences to this
interdisciplinary area, some basic knowledge in one or more of these
areas will make it easier for a student to participate.
It is strongly recommended that students arrange to bring a laptop that is suitable for some computation along with a high level programming environment, such as Matlab or R, for data analysis and computing. Some familiarity with these languages is recommended but not necessary. There will be limited number of Matlab licenses available for this school and help downloading and installing R (Link), which is free.
Students from the previous summer school at MSRI on math and climate are not eligible to apply as students but can apply as teaching assistants. Please write the organizers to indicate this interest.
Application procedureFunding is available to support attendance with special emphasis given to graduate students and other young researchers. Typically support will include travel to Boulder, lodging and a modest per diem. Students who are not working directly on the workshop topics yet have an interest in the program, are encouraged to apply, as are members of under-represented groups.
There are two ways to apply for the workshop:
- If you are a student at an MSRI sponsoring institution please consult your institution's representative to be nominated . See instructions at MSRI's Summer Graduate Workshop page.
- If you are unable to secure a nomination through an MSRI
sponsor, please submit the following materials:
A letter of application stating your research interests and indicate whether you wish to be considered
for financial support.
If you are a graduate student, please include a brief description of relevant coursework (or CV) and training and a short letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor. These can be in the form of a Word or pdf document and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Also register your application with NCAR Summer School Application Form .
We expect to support a total of 40 students: 30 through MSRI
nominations and 10 through direct NCAR applications.
Prospective students are encouraged to write the organizers with
questions concerning background knowledge for the school or with the
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University of North Carolina and Warwick Mathematics Institute
- Doug Nychka
IMAGe, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Mary Lou Zeeman
The National Center for Atmospheric
Research supports scientific research on nearly every aspect of the
atmosphere and related components of the Earth's physical and biological
systems. This includes developing state-of-the- art climate models, high
performance computing and also innovative ways of observing the
atmosphere and oceans. The Center has approximately 1000 staff and is
supported primarily by the National Science Foundation. Part of the
NCAR mission is to engage students in the problems of understanding
climate and weather and so provides an ideal context for this summer
The workshop is also part a larger program at NCAR through the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences: Mathematicians and Climate.
MSRI: The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) exists to further mathematical research through broadly based programs in the mathematical sciences and closely related activities. From its beginning in 1982 the Institute has been primarily funded by the NSF with additional support from other government agencies, private foundations, and academic and corporate sponsors. Now more than 1500 mathematical scientists visit MSRI each year, many for substantial periods.