Banquet and keynote speaker - Abrupt climate change and climate variability: When data fail us

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 7:45pm - 10:00pm
Juan Restrepo (University of Arizona)
We are familiar with the controversy regarding global warming and its social and environmental implications, much less so about why these controversies arise. I will describe the role played by mathematics in climate research and will discuss how mathematics plays a central role in answering one of the toughest technical challenges posed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2007) report:

How confident are we about predictions of future climate scenarios?

In this university-level talk, I will describe why it is so difficult to pin down uncertainties in
climate variability and will highlight some of the mathematical tools being developed by
The Uncertainty Quantification Group and others, to tackle this question.