Mathematics and Climate Research Network director, Chris Jones, is co-organizing a meeting at InDAM in Rome, Italy this week on “Mathematical Paradigms of Climate Science.” After President Obama’s speech he was asked for comments by the Italian applied mathematics society. His comments are below and here is the Italian press release.
“This is a day to celebrate that we have a president of the US standing up for the world in which we live and the future generations that will inhabit it. The president showed an extraordinarily accurate understanding of the problem: the science we know and the irrefutable evidence that all point to a seriously changing climate. He explained the risks of inaction and outlined the elements of a plan of action. It has been a long time coming, but heartening that this moment has finally arrived.
Mathematics has a key role to play in the path ahead. Understanding how the climate will be changing involves extensive experimentation that can only be done on complex mathematical models of the Earth system. We need, as a community, to rise to the challenge of building a framework and tools for the analysis of these models and for the compilation and interpretation of the resulting information.”