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Date:1/9/2013

San Diego, California January 9, 2013 How does mathematics improve our understanding of weather and climate? Can mathematicians determine whether an extreme meteorological event is an anomaly or part of a general trend? Presentations touching on these questions will be given at the annual national mathematics conference in San Diego, California. New results will also be presented on the MJO (pronounced "mojo"), a tropical atmospheric wave which governs monsoons and also impacts rainfall in North America, and yet does not fit into any current computer models of the weather.

These research presentations are part of the U.S. launch of Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013), an international effort by the mathematics community to make lasting contributions to the well-being of planet Earth. More than one hundred academic institutions and scholarly societies from around the world are partners in the MPE2013 effort. The U.S. launch occurs on Wednesday, January 9, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the world's largest annual mathematics conference. This year, the conference takes place at the San Diego Convention Center.

Over the course of the MPE2013 year, U.S. mathematics research institutes will host several programs that will marshal the resources of the mathematical science research community in an effort to address key issues related to planet Earth.

Long-term programs include:

  • "Materials for a sustainable energy future" at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) in Los Angeles, and

  • "Ecosystem dynamics and management" at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), based at The Ohio State University.

A summer school, "Mathematics of seismic imaging," will be held at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in Berkeley, California.

An additional 15 research workshops nationwide will address questions such as, "How do we model outbreaks of Dengue fever?"
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Contact: Brian Conrey
conrey@aimath.org
650-307-2736
American Institute of Mathematics
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