Numerical modelers at a Conference in California

28.03.2011

Currently, the “Numerical Methods in the Geosciences” group of young researchers, led by Prof. Jörn Behrens, is taking part in a conference on industrial and applied mathematics (SIAM). The conference is in Long Beach, California, from March 21-24.

The conference, entitled “Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences,“ focuses on atmospheric and ocean simulations, the problems of geologic modeling, scientific calculations, model reduction, and model assimilation.

Behrens’ presentation on the role of applied mathematics in early warning systems for Tsunamis especially tapped into current concerns, and was accordingly popular among conference goers. A lively discussion took place among the 400 members of the audience, particularly focusing on the events in Japan and the use of mathematic models in relation to natural catastrophes.

KlimaCampus doctoral students also took part in the conference: Oliver Kunst and Cristóbal Castro presented, while Nicole Beisiegel took advantage of a reception and poster session to present her work on new numeric analyses of storm tide simulations.

“The focus of the conference coincides incredibly well with our work,” said Behrens, “making our time here quite intense, full of stimulating presentations and inspiring private discussions with colleagues from around the world.”