Mathematical Modelling in Glaciology (20w5198)


Ian Hewitt (University of Oxford)

(University of Texas at Austin)

Sophie Nowicki (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Christian Schoof (University of British Columbia)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Mathematical Modelling in Glaciology" workshop in Banff from January 12 to January 17, 2020.

The melting of glaciers and ice sheets in response to climate change has major and uncertain impacts: sea-level rise, changes to ocean currents, and changes in water availability. Mathematical models are increasingly called upon to forecast and measure the environmental and societal cost of these changes. Recent monitoring of the ice masses has created an explosion of new data that has exposed important dynamics that are poorly understood. New mathematical and computational tools are required to deal with the increased complexity that these observations reveal. This workshop will bring together mathematicians, computational scientists, and glaciologists, with a variety of skills and experience, to share ideas, stimulate discussion, and foster new collaborations.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).