Mathematics of Weather and Climate Prediction

Prof. at University of Wisconsin
Prof. Sam Stechmann, University of Wisconsin

Speaker: Sam Stechmann, University of Wisconsin (UST Alum)

Date & Time:

Monday, February 13, 2017
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


3M Auditorium in Owens Science Center (OWS) 150

Abstract: Mathematics has played a fundamental role in the development of weather and climate predictions. At the most basic level, mathematics enters the picture as the physical laws of nature are written in equation form. Furthermore, when making predictions, mathematics enters in many other ways due to many other challenges: How can the equations be solved efficiently on a supercomputer? How can observational data be utilized with the equations of weather and climate evolution to improve forecasts? How can probability theory be used to estimate the confidence or uncertainty in the forecast? In this talk, we will discuss these questions and others, including historical progress, recent advances, and modern challenges.

Biographical Information: Sam Stechmann is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences and the Center for Climate Research.  He grew up in Minnesota and earned bachelor degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry in 2003 from the University of St. Thomas.  He received a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2008 from New York University, where he also began his research in atmospheric sciences at NYU's Courant Institute.  Before joining the faculty at UW-Madison in 2010, he was a postdoctoral fellow for two years at UCLA.  His education and research have been supported by fellowships and grants from several sources, such as the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Office of Naval Research, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

See the video of this talk here.

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