[Stoch] Reminder: Aspen workshop on "Stochastic Flows and Climate Modeling" (apply by Jan. 31)

Brad Marston john_marston at brown.edu
Thu Jan 5 07:44:49 MST 2012

Dear colleague:

The Aspen Center for Physics will hold a three-week summer
workshop on "Stochastic Flows and Climate Modeling" from
June 10 to July 1, 2012.  The workshop is being organized
by James Cho, Brad Marston, Jin-Song von Storch, and Paul Williams.  
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2012;
applications can be submitted via the ACP website at URL

As workshop organizers, we would particularly like to
encourage you to apply.  We as organizers cannot guarantee
your admission to the workshop, because admission is granted
by the Admissions Committee of the Center rather than by
the organizers.  The Admissions Committee will endeavor to
accommodate as many applicants as possible, but they will
not be able to admit everyone who applies.  The committee
will give preference to participants who will attend for
the full three weeks of the workshop.

Stochastic processes can be used to model systems in which
two or more spatio-temporal scales interact.  Turbulent
flows, weather, and climate are prime examples.  Typically,
the small/fast scale is treated as a random influence on
the large/slow scale.  The workshop will focus on improved
understanding of geophysical and astrophysical flows made
possible by stochastic modeling. In particular, advances
in computing power and algorithms permit a direct comparison
of stochastic models to numerical simulations.  The power
and limitations of the stochastic approach need to be better
established, however. The tension between simple and complex
models will be explored within the context of how stochastic
approaches can address the enormous range of spatial and 
process scales inherent in flow and climate systems.  The 
workshop will bring together climate scientists, 
astrophysicists, applied mathematicians, and physicists to
stimulate interdisciplinary research in these directions.

Aspen workshops are known for their informality.  There
are no proceedings, and participants come to talk with one
another about exciting ideas and problems rather than to
talk at one another about work already completed.  New
research is often initiated and even completed in Aspen,
and there are numerous examples of influential papers and 
areas of research that can trace their origins to an Aspen 
workshop.  There will be no more than 3 formal sessions 
(lasting no more than 3 hours each) scheduled per week. 
Thus Aspen workshops are quite different from most other
workshops and conferences.  Each participant will receive
a weekly stipend to be applied toward their housing expense.
No support is available for salary, travel expenses, or
registration fees.

The Center and the City of Aspen are very family-friendly.  
The town and the surrounding mountains offer many opportunities
to enjoy Colorado.  Participants are encouraged to bring
their families along.

Please also pass on this announcement to anyone you feel
would be interested.  Thank you.

Kinds regards,

James Cho, Brad Marston, Jin-Song von Storch, and Paul Williams

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