MPE Sustainable Planet Curriculum Workshop

October 20 - 22, 2011
DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

Midge Cozzens, DIMACS, midgec at
Eugene Fiorini, DIMACS, gfiorini at
Fred Roberts, DIMACS, froberts at
Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College and the Mathematics and Climate Research Network (MCRN)
This project is jointly sponsored by: the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), Mathematics and Climate Research Network (MCRN), Bowdoin College and the US National Science Foundation.


Frank Wattenburg, West Point

Title: Wet Labs in Climate Science and Modeling

The most important step in both science and mathematical modeling is validation -- comparing the predictions made by models with real world observations and experiments. This is difficult in climate science because we have only one Earth and it doesn't fit very well in our classrooms. Even worse, the very definition of climate as opposed to weather precludes short experiments. We will do some experiments that build understanding and often have surprising results and that fit our classrooms, classhours, and budgets.

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