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Mathematics for the Fluid Earth

February 5-7, 2014

De Morgan House, LMS, London

Supported by Isaac Newton Institute and Walker Institute

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2013 has been the International Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth . As part of this programme we organized the Isaak Newton Institute Programme "Mathematics for the Fluid Earth". This event is the final workshop of that programme. The programme as a whole, as well as this final workshop, aims at providing wide-ranging perspectives at the intersection between

geophysical fluid dynamics,

extreme value theory,

statistical mechanics,

and partial differential equations.

A fascinating aspect of the fluid Earth system is that its understanding requires a joint effort of all these aforementioned areas. Geophysical fluid dynamics studies from a mathematical point of view partial differential equations describing the dynamics and thermodynamics of fluids, like the Navier-Stokes equations and their many variants and reductions. At the same time the Navier-Stokes and Euler equations and the laws of thermodynamics are key areas of the mathematical theory of partial differential equation. Inclusion of the equations of thermodynamics also results in non-trivial statistical mechanical properties. Furthermore, statistical properties are essential if one wants to consider the development beyond a few days and to treat effectively subscale behaviour. Robust prediction of statistical properties of relevant and potential dangerous events, like extreme events, are essential for mitigation of climate change. The purpose of the workshop and the aforementioned programme as a whole is to bring together scientists from very different perspectives on the fluid Earth system: ranging from pure mathematicians to scientists working on practical weather forecasting as well as scientists using techniques ranging from computer modelling to traditional applied mathematics and to purely analytical techniques. This programme aims to prove that there is a close connection between “core” questions and problems of pure and applied mathematics and that “core” questions of geophysical fluid dynamics are relevant for the investigation of the climate system and of its components.

Invited speakers include (confirmed):


Mike Cullen, Tobias Kuna, Valerio Lucarini, Beatrice Pelloni, Sandro Vaienti

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The conference is supported by the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the Walker Institute
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