Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe)

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Theme for 2009: The Interaction of Simulation and Numerical Models

Free Boundary Problems

24 - 25 August 2009, Boulder, Colorado

IMAGe Theme-of-the-Year 2009 will be holding a workshop on free boundary problems on August 24th and 25th, 2009. The areas of scientific interests include:

  1. Density currents with large density ratios, examples include dam breaking, wave breaking, avalanches, formation of air cavities in the flow
  2. Evolving solid-fluid interfaces such as sand dune formation, ice sheet melting, and fluid motion with transitions in the topology of the flow domain
  3. MHD free boundary problems in the solar atmosphere such as magnetic flux surfaces in the solar corona
  4. Turbulent interfaces in multi-phase fluids such as white caps and foam formation at the air-sea boundary and general air-sea interaction interface problems.

Invited mathematicians will present analytical and computational techniques in solving free and moving boundary problems. The workshop will be focused on gathering strategies and developing collaborations for advancing the solutions to such geo/astro physical problems.


The workshop will be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado on August 24 - 25, 2009.
Lectures will take place in the Main Seminar Room.

Organizing Committee

Invited Speakers

Computational Methods for Free Boundary Problems
Free Boundary Problems in the Geosciences


The Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe) is a group within the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for the purpose of advancing mathematical theory and its application to all facets of NCAR and the geophysical community at large. IMAGe is substantially funded by the National Science Foundation.
IMAGe is composed of four groups; the Data Assimilation Research Section, the Geophysical Statistics Project, the Turbulence Numerics Team, and the Computational Mathematics Group. For more information about IMAGe, including post-doc positions, please contact Doug Nychka.


NCAR was formed in 1960 and has a broad interdisciplinary research program involving more that 1000 employees of which several hundred hold advanced scientific or engineering degrees. The NCAR scientific program includes nearly all aspects of the atmosphere including climate and weather, atmospheric chemistry, ecology, instrumentation, scientific computing, and economic and societal impacts of atmospheric processes.