2013 Program on Mathematics of Planet Earth

SAMSI joined with dozens of scientific societies, universities, research institutes, and foundations all over the world to dedicate 2013 as a special year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth.

SAMSI designated the following activities to mark its own contributions to MPE2013:

  1. The SAMSI/NCAR Workshop on Massive Datasets in Environment and Climate (February 13-15, 2013) united researchers from the statistical and climate research communities to address the computational and statistical challenges posed by very large environmental observation and climate model data sets.
  2. The SAMSI-SAVI Workshop on Environmental Statistics (March 4-6, 2013) brought together researchers in environmental statistics from both the United States and India, with the objective of establishing common research interests, and to discuss possible future directions of collaboration between the two countries.
  3. The SAMSI workshop on Dynamics of Seismicity, Earthquake Clustering and Patterns in Fault Networks (Oct 9-11, 2013) built and strengthened newly emerging links between active research groups in statistics and probability, mathematics, physics, geodesy, seismology and computer science, with the objective of working towards a solid understanding of seismicity patterns and structures and a physical theory for earthquake dynamics.
  4. SAMSI organized a symposium on Understanding and Communicating Uncertainty in Climate Change Science as part of the AAAS annual meeting in Boston, February 15, 2013. This was one of two linked MPE2013 sessions at this meeting: see also Mathematics of Tipping Points: Framework, Applications, and Prediction.

SAMSI hosted a lecture by Francesca Dominici, Ph.D., on April 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Dominici is Professor of Biostatistics in the Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Dean of Information Technology.

Her talk, The Public Health Impact of Air Pollution and Climate Change, was part of the MPE2013 Simons Public Lecture Series, and was funded by the Simons Foundation.