September 1, 2001-June 30, 2002
The geosciences began their modern incarnation in 1957 with
the 18-month long International Geophysical Year (IGY). The
IGY saw a global mobilization of effort to investigate all
aspects of the Earth and the space environment. While American
and Soviet space vehicles made startling new discoveries about
the Earth's magnetic field and the Van Allen belt, strong
observational evidence was added to reinforce the plate tectonic
revolution. New insights were obtained relating to the structure
and dynamics of the earth's interior, both mantle and core.
During the 1950s and 1960s, digital computers made it possible
to model the atmosphere and oceans and, ultimately, to predict
weather and climate as fluid media.
The last four decades have been monumental years of discovery
and accumulation of facts and detailed data on the solid earth,
ocean, atmosphere, and space sciences. Significant theoretical
insight concerning these topics has emerged, but deep problems
remain to challenge conventional methodologies and insights
derived from the physical sciences. The time is ripe to apply
mathematical modeling and analysis techniques, including newer
methods in continuous and discrete dynamical systems, stochastic
processes, homogenization, and multiscale asymptotics to our
investigation of these problems.
Annual Program Workshops and Tutorials