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Applied Math Seminar Schedule

Location: Building 52, Room E26

Time: Tuesdays, 12:10-1:00pm


Announcement to students:

If you are interested in learning more about how applied mathematics research is actually done, we'd like to invite you to participate in the applied mathematics seminar. This is a new experiment with the seminar; the basic idea is to pick a topic for a quarter (or two) and focus on a few key papers / pieces of work in that area. This is analogous to a journal club - a common practice in many graduate programs. The seminar will meet weekly; you'll be expected to read the papers and participate in discussions. As the quarter progresses, there will opportunities for students to present pieces of the works being discussed; this is a good opportunity in learn how to present scientific/mathematical material in a relatively low-stress, casual environment. In future quarters, we expect to be able to offer 1 unit of credit but this quarter is a trial run to see how everything works. While we've picked a topic (climate) for this first quarter, subsequent topics will be chosen by the participants.

The topic for this quarter is the Mathematics of Climate. How are mathematics and statistics being used to study the Earth's climate? Conversely, how are questions raised by the study of climate driving the development of new mathematics? Mathematical modeling of climate systems is a crucial component with the complexity of models varying from simpler algebraic and dynamical systems - for understanding and testing fundamental principles -- to the incredibly complicated Earth Systems models running on the world's fastest supercomputers - used to make detailed predictions. Models of data records are also required both to develop hypotheses about processes and also to validate the mathematical models. We'll look a few key examples of the interplay between data analysis of climate records and mathematical modeling of the underlying system.

Date Speaker Title
Apr. 3, 2014 Charles D. Camp An Introduction to the Earth's Climate System
Apr. 4, 2014 Charles D. Camp An Introduction to the Earth's Climate System, Part II
Apr. 8, 2014 Charles D. Camp The Mathematics Used in Climate Studies

Previous years' seminars:
Winter and Spring 2006
Fall 2006 - Spring 2007
Fall 2007 - Spring 2008
Fall 2008 - Spring 2009
Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013


For more information about the seminar, please contact Charles D. Camp.