2010 Theme of the Year (TOY)

By Brian Bevirt
02/25/2010 - 12:00am

ToyEvery year, CISL's Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe) hosts a series of outreach activities around a particular topic. TOY10 topic is "Mathematicians and Climate" with the goal of engaging applied mathematicians to work on problems related to climate modeling.

The first workshop took place on February 11-13, with a second session scheduled for June 21-25 and a graduate summer school in partnership with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). MSRI has been funded by NSF for more than 40 years and has more than 90 academic mathematics departments as sponsors.

"Helping to organize this theme has been lots of fun for me; the participants from applied mathematics backgrounds have been enthusiastic about visiting NCAR and learning more about the climate system," said Doug Nychka, director of IMAGe. "Our external codirectors Chris Jones (UNC Chapel Hill), Mary-Lou Zeeman (Bowdoin), and Hans Kaper (Argonne) have great ideas and are making all kinds of new contacts between NCAR and the mathematics community."

The February workshop covered "Mathematics of Interacting Climate Processes," and featured presentations about ocean circulation and dynamics, the carbon cycle and biogeochemistry, paleoclimate and sea ice modeling.

IMAGe's next workshop will discuss data assimilation and climate research. More information on the program is available here.