Coordinated Mathematical Modeling of Internal Waves (10w5083)


(University of British Columbia)

(University of Cambridge)

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

(University of Alberta)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Coordinated Mathematical Modeling of Internal Waves" workshop from April 4 to 9, 2010.

Internal waves are waves that oscillate within, rather than on the surface of, a fluid body. On Earth, internal waves in the ocean and atmosphere are so large they can be seen from space, and can pose a real danger to airplanes, oil rigs and submarines. At the same time, however, the energy they transport plays a vital role in driving circulation and determining climate. Out in space, internal waves affect the evolution of satellite systems of giant planets and nuclear reactions within stars.

Despite a resurgence of interest, many aspects of internal waves still defy mathematical description. The BIRS workshop “Coordinated Mathematical Modeling of Internal Waves” brings together a group of leading mathematicians, oceanographers, atmospheric scientists and astrophysicists to tackle the outstanding issues. Advances stemming from this workshop will improve the ability to model the Earth’s climate and the dynamics of planetary systems and stars.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologí­a (CONACYT).