This is a list of conferences interesting to scientists and engineers working on environmental sustainability, climate change and the like.
Let’s make this list in reverse chronological order, with links to conference webpages when possible, and also reports on the conferences when possible. Try to follow the format here:
Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, discussed further on the Azimuth Blog article Mathematics of Planet Earth. This is an initiative aimed at getting mathematicians involved in programs on these topics:
The Banff International Research Station (BIRS) is a partner in the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 initiative. BIRS already plans to host five workshops in 2012 which deal with the mathematics of planet Earth, and they are soliciting applications for more, with a deadline of 30 September 2011:
Emergent Behavior in Multi-Particle Systems with Non-Local Interactions, 22-27 January, 2013.
Frontiers in the Detection and Attribution of Climate Change, 29 May - June 1, 2013.
Tissue Growth and Morphogenesis: from Genetics to Mechanics and Back, 22-27 July, 2013.
Model Reduction in Continuum Thermodynamics: Modeling, Analysis and Computation, 16-21 September, 2013.
Thin Liquid Films and Fluid Interfaces: Models, Experiments and Applications, 9-14 December, 2013.
Will cover a lot of application areas relevant to Azimuth; Computational fluid dynamics, Computational geophysics, Geomechanics and rock mechanics,Computational hydrology, Subsurface modeling, Biomechanics, Computational chemistry, Climate and weather modeling, Wave propagation,Acoustics, Stochastic differential equations, and Uncertainty quantification.
The Mathematics of Biodiversity, 18 June - July 20, 2012, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (or CRM), Barcelona, Spain. Organized by Ben Allen (Harvard University), Sılvia Cuadrado (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Tom Leinster (coordinator, University of Glasgow), Richard Reeve (University of Glasgow) and John Woolliams (University of Edinburgh).
Second Workshop on Open Source and the Internet for Building Global Scientific Communities with Emphasis on Environmental Monitoring and Distributed Instrumentation, 28 November - 16 December, 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
International School on Geothermal Exploration, 31 October - 11 November, 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
sem-eco, 3rd International Symposium on Environmental Management, October 26-28, 2011, Zagreb, Croatia
Workshop on New Materials for Renewable Energy Systems, 17 October - 21 October, 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) Conference on Mathematics of the Climate System, University of Reading, United Kingdom, 12-15 September, 2011. Organized by Paul Williams, Colin Cotter, Mike Cullen, Mike Davey, Christopher Ferro, John Huthnance and David Stainforth.
This conference is about the construction and use of mathematical models of the climate system. The conference will focus on three related topics:
the extraction of mathematical models from climate data and climate-model output (homogenisation, stochastic model reduction, bistability and metastable states, low frequency variability, data-driven coarse-graining, set-oriented methods, trend identification, time-series analysis);
reduced models and their dynamics (linear response theory, bifurcations, extreme events, uncertainty);
testing hypotheses about the climate system using statistical frameworks (emulators, Bayesian methods, nonparametric methods, equitability).
Workshop on Hierarchical Modeling of Climate Variability and Changes, 18-22 July, 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
Minisymposium on the Dynamics of the Earth’s Climate, as part of the 7th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM, July 18 – 22, 2011), Vancouver, British Columbia, July 22, 2011. Organized by Hans G. Kaper, Mary C. Silber and Mary Lou Zeeman.
The speakers in this minisymposium will highlight some interesting mathematical problems that have come from climate science and can be addressed with techniques developed in the dynamical systems community.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together biologists studying ocean and polar ecologies; oceanographers, biogeochemists, and climate scientists studying the changing physical habitats; and mathematicians with ecological and physical expertise. The interactions between ocean ecological systems and their physical environments may dramatically impact both marine biodiversity and the planetary response to the changing atmosphere. The types of mathematics used to model ecological and physical processes are typically quite different. The team organizing this workshop anticipates interesting new mathematical challenges arising from combining these different approaches. The workshop will focus on two main themes:
polar and sea ice ecologies;
phytoplankton and the carbon cycle.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, Utah, US, 22-26 May, 2011. Organized by Jonathan Dawes and Vivien Kirk.
Conference on the Role of e-Infrastructures for Climate Change Research, 16-20 May, 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
Climate modeling and data assimilation are among the themes of this conference, which is aimed at starting communication between mathematicians who develop dynamical systems techniques and the applied scientists who use them.
Joint ICTP-IAEA Conference on Coping with Climate Change and Variability in Agriculture through Minimizing Soil Evaporation Wastage and Enhancing More Crops per Drop, 9 May - 13 May, 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
Topics on Discrete Mathematics and Probability in Networks and Population Biology. Tutorial: 2 - 6 May 2011, Workshop: 9 - 13 May 2011. Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
International Conference on the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment - CORDEX, 21 March - 25 March, 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
Topics on Discrete Mathematics and Probability in Population Biology and Genetics. Tutorial: 21 - 25 Mar 2011, Workshop: 28 Mar - 1 Apr 2011. Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Geoengineering - taking control of our planet’s climate, 8 - 9 November, 2010, Royal Society, London, UK.
Workshop on Applications of Wireless Sensor Networks for Environmental Monitoring in Developing Countries to be followed by Conference on Wireless Sensors Technologies for Environmental Monitoring, 28 February - 11 March, 2011, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
Sustainability Problems, 10-14 January, 2011, American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, California. Organized by Ellis Cumberbatch and Wei Kang.
Stochastic Methods in Climate Modelling, 23-27 August, 2010, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK. Organized by Professor P Cox (Exeter), Dr K Horsburgh (National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool) and Dr J Rougier (Bristol).
Conference on the Mathematics of Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology, 29-30 January, 2010, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California. Organized by Rachel Levy. Summary of the talks here.
Energy and the development of civilization
The ITER project (fusion power)
Ozone vs. photochemical pollution of the atmosphere
Climate change — is it real?
Energy consumption with low carbon emission
A role of theoretical chemistry in nuclear engineering! (thorium fission power)
Methane: spectroscopy, quantum dynamics, trace gas and sustainable hydrogen energy source
The Asilomar Conference Recommendations on Principles for Research into Climate Engineering Techniques. Location: Pacific Grove, CA. March 22-26, 2010. Full conference report available. Many of the presentations are available here.
4 Degrees and Beyond - International Climate Conference, Oxford UK on 28-30 September 2009. More than 140 participants tried to detail what it will mean to live in a world with a global mean increase in temperature. All 35 presentations by climate scientists are here.