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RIMS International Conference on
Theoretical Aspects of Variability and Predictability
in Weather and Climate Systems

RIMS Project Research

'Fluid Dynamics of Large Scale Flows'

October 22 (Tue) - 25 (Fri) in 2013
at Maskawa Hall/North Campus, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Organizing Committee:
Shigeo Yoden (Kyoto U., Chair), Yoshi-Yuki Hayashi (Kobe U.),
Yukio Kaneda (AIT), Kazunari Shibata (Kyoto U.),
Michio Yamada (Kyoto U.), Takeshi Enomoto (Kyoto U.),
Keiichi Ishioka (Kyoto U.), Takemasa Miyoshi (RIKEN/AICS)

Hosted by
Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University

Co-sponsored by
KAKENHI, GCOE-ARS and GSS of Kyoto University

Year 2013 is a special year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth (known as MPE2013 http://mpe2013.org/). MPE2013 is dedicated for challenges facing our planet that is the setting for dynamic processes of all sorts, including atmospheric processes that determine our weather and climate. The challenges facing our planet and our civilization are multidisciplinary and multifaceted, and the mathematical sciences play a central role in the scientific effort to understand and to deal with these challenges. Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (RIMS) of Kyoto University is one of the partners of MPE2013, and this conference is a part of the RIMS Project Research in 2013, "Fluid Dynamics of Large-Scale Flows".

Since the pioneering work by Edward Lorenz published in 1963, mathematical aspects of the chaotic nature and predictability of large-scale atmospheric motions have been studied in association with the development of nonlinear science. In 1990s, on the other hand, it became possible to apply analysis methods and numerical procedures used in diagnosing chaotic motions in nonlinear systems to operational numerical weather predictions (NWPs), through the advancement of computational powers; for example, implementation of ensemble NWPs and utilization of probabilistic information. Challenges facing us now include adaptive observations targeted to sensitive regions, new data assimilation schemes merging dynamics and observations, ensemble NWPs with mesoscale limited-area models, stochastic physics in weather and climate systems, probabilistic decision support systems for societal, economic and environmental decisions, and so on (Yoden, 2007).

The main objectives of the conference are to review the recent progress in theoretical aspects of variability and predictability of weather and climate systems, to enrich the exchange of information within the communities of atmospheric and climate sciences, and to attract researchers with a wide range of expertise in mathematical sciences. The conference will consist of three sessions of invited talks and contributed poster presentations that allow sufficient time for discussions in each day from October 23 (Wed) to 25 (Fri). Now we call for abstracts for poster presentations. Participation of early career scientists and PhD students is particularly encouraged.

Before the three-day scientific sessions, in the afternoon of October 22 (Tue), we will have a couple of special lectures open for wider research communities and public. Professors Michael Ghil and Tim Palmer will talk on the role and importance of mathematical approach to the science of weather and climate. The public lectures under the MPE2013 activity are intended to be a unique opportunity to discuss the role of mathematics in weather and climate research.