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Date:1/9/2013

; "What role do oceans play in climate uncertainty?"; "How does climate change affect the way that species spread?"; and "How can we use earthquake data to `see' the Earth's interior?"

Events at the San Diego mathematics conference, January 9-12:

In addition to the MPE2013 kickoff reception on Wednesday, January 9, MPE2013 events taking place at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego include:

Mathematics and the melting polar ice caps

Ken Golden, professor of mathematics at the University of Utah and recently back from Antarctica, will give the MAA-AMS-SIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture at 3pm on Saturday, January 12, at the San Diego Convention Center.

In the summer of 2012, the area of the Arctic Ocean covered by sea ice reached its lowest level ever recorded, reduced to about half the extent compared to the 1980s. This lecture will describe how the latest research uses mathematical models of composite materials and statistical physics to study critical sea ice processes such as freezing and melting. The lecture will be accompanied by video from recent Antarctic expeditions. Members of the public are invited to this lecture. A preview of Ken's talk, in which he discusses his recent experience in Antarctica, is at http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/meetings/national/jmm2013/2141_speakers#ken.

The polar oceans and climate

On Wednesday, January 9, Emily Shuckburgh, a climate scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, will deliver an AMS-MAA Invited Address. The title of her talk will be "Using Mathematics to Better Understand the Earth's Climate."

Dr Shuckburgh is the leader of the Open Oceans research group, which is focused on the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system.

How the atmosphere got its mojo

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Contact: Brian Conrey
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American Institute of Mathematics
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