The Midwest Mathematics and Climate Conference will be held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, April 30-May 2, 2015. On Thursday, the conference will be held in the Summerfield Room at the Alumni Center. On Friday and Saturday, the conference will be held at The Commons in Spooner Hall.

Over fifty years have passed since Edward Lorenz’s classic paper in 1963. Substantial mathematical advances in the understanding of highly idealized dynamical systems have been made in the interim. The atmospheric science community has adopted some of the ideas developed by the applied mathematics community, in particular:

  • an emphasis on the emergent properties of atmospheric flows, represented through a hierarchy of models, ranging from high-resolution cloud-resolving models to coupled Earth-system models
  • a focus on attractor-like behavior (e.g., slow manifolds) in multiscale atmospheric flows
  • attempts to identify tipping points and bifurcations in observations and models
  • use of observations to constrain emergent behavior of models

The conference will bring together a diverse group of atmospheric scientists and mathematicians. Conference topics of emphasis will include dynamics, high performance computing, numerical analysis, cloud systems behavior, data assimilation, dimension reduction, uncertainty quantification, model hierarchy, and statistical approaches.

The conference will be run in a single session format (no parallel sessions).

Henk Dijkstra (Utrecht University) will present a Public Lecture at 1:30, Friday, May 1 in the Commons: "Intrinsic variability in the climate system".

A copy of the conference poster can be downloaded here.

The conference is supported in part by the IMA through its Participating Institution (PI) Program. PI members may use IMA/PI funds to support personnel's travel to this conference.