[ES_JOBS_NET] Summer Short Course at Penn State: Mathematical Modeling of Earth's Dynamic Systems

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Mar 18 12:29:50 MDT 2016

Mathematical Modeling of Earth's Dynamic Systems:
                  Letting the Genie out of the Model

                           A Short Course

                      July 31 - August 5, 2016
                 University Park, Pennsylvania USA

  Sandra Kirtland Turner (UC Riverside) and Lee Kump, David Pollard and
            Rudy Slingerland (Penn State), Course Instructors

This workshop will be an intense, hands-on introduction to the creation
and use of numerical models as a method for investigating the dynamics of
Earth systems. Participants will learn how to translate their understanding
of Earth processes into systems of differential equations, and solve them
to test hypotheses concerning both modern and ancient systems. In addition,
participants will learn how to apply and evaluate selected existing Earth
system models.


Sunday, July 31, 2016: Arrivals and ice-breaker.

Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 1-3: Fundamentals of numerical modeling of dynamical
 systems: box models and simple transport problems.

Wednesday Aug. 3 (afternoon): Field trip/social event.

Thursday Aug. 4: Introduction to Earth system models of intermediate
 (GENIE) and full complexity Earth system models (general circulation
 ice-sheet models).

Friday Aug. 5: Opportunities to delve further into more sophisticated
 problems, EMICs, or GCMs.


 *  Participants will have ample time to practice their skills creating and
    running models with help from the course instructors.

 *  Course enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

 *  Graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and early career faculty
    members will receive preference in the selection of participants.

 *  We anticipate that with the support of Penn State[1] and our sponsors,
    the Agouron Institute[2] and Princeton University Press[3], travel
    expenses, course fees and per diem costs of the participants will be

Those interested in participating in this workshop should send a curriculum
vitae and a 1-page statement explaining their interest in participating and
how they intend to put their new-found modeling skills to use in their
research. Graduate students should provide the name of their advisors, their
tentative thesis/dissertation titles, and an indication of whether they are
pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Please send all materials by April 15,
to Tina Vancas, Penn State Geosciences, 503 Deike Bldg., University Park,
PA 16802 USA  (tqs5 at psu.edu).

[1] http://www.psu.edu
[2] http://agi.org
[3] http://press.princeton.edu

Sandra Kirtland Turner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Paleoclimate/Paleoceanography
Department of Earth Sciences
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA  92521
(951) 827-3191 (office)
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