One last post before the Azimuth Project and Azimuth Forum open their doors on September 27th. A reader kindly pointed out that the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques, or CRM, is organizing some activities to get mathematicians talking to scientists who deal with environmental issues. And some are coming up soon:
• Decision analysis and sustainable development, workshop followed by panel discussion, 27-28 September 2010, CRM, Montreal.
• Statistical methods for meteorology and climate change, 12-14 January 2011, CRM, Montreal. Workshop organized by Jean-François Angers, Anne-Catherine Favre, Reinhard Furrer, Philippe Naveau, Doug Nychka, Luc Perreault, Richard L. Smith, Claudia Tebaldi, Han von Storch and Francis Zwiers.
Here’s the abstract of the last workshop:
Climate change is already happening and represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic challenges facing the planet. Statistical methods and models play a key role in the study of climate change. Important advances have been made in the development and application of both frequentist and Bayesian statistical approaches. However recent developments concerning both, data collection and hypotheses for investigation, require innovative approaches. This workshop aims to bring statisticians and climatologists together to talk about new statistical methodologies devoted to the study of climate change. The themes that will be addressed during the workshop include assessment of uncertainty in climate change projections, spatial patterns of climate, climate reconstruction, climate extremes, climate trend assessment, downscaling, data assimilation and stochastic weather generators.
According to International Panel on Climate Change (2007), “Observed warming over several decades has been linked to changes in the large-scale hydrological cycle such as: increasing atmospheric water vapour content; changing precipitation patterns, intensity and extremes; reduced snow cover and widespread melting of ice; and changes in soil moisture and runoff”. A session of the workshop will be devoted to statistical methods for climate change in hydrology.
Some more activities scheduled for next year are visible here:
Other are not listed yet. This program is part of joint initiative run by 14 North American mathematical institutions. The full list of programs in this initiative can be found here:
• Climate change and sustainability program, a joint initiative of north American mathematical institutions: climate change, sustainability and the mathematical sciences.
Furthermore, our friend informs us that a dozen north American mathematical institutions have named the year 2013 a special year of emphasis on the mathematics of planet Earth! For more, try this:
• Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, a joint initiative of the North American mathematical institutions.