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18th February 2016
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CliMathNet Conference 2016 - Call for Abstracts | Research Associate - Climate Modelling (Fixed Term) | PhD Opportunity: Reconstructing the past and predicting the future: what can ice­-cores tell us about climate? | Climate science for decision making | 12th International Conference on Paleoceanography (ICP12) | SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth | Subscription Details

CliMathNet Conference 2016 - Call for Abstracts (Back to Top)

5th - 8th July 2016, University of Exeter.

The themes of the fourth annual CliMathNet Conference will aim to provide a forum for mathematics and statistics applied to weather and climate science, and will include:

The development of novel methodologies to paleoclimates;
Planetary system modelling;
Weather and climate forecasting, and;
Coupled social-environmental systems.


Call for Abstracts

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for talks related to the conference themes. Abstracts for oral presentations should be submitted by 30th April 2016. Participants are also highly encourage to submit abstracts for poster presentations, for which the submission deadline is the 31st May 2016. Please ensure that both oral and poster abstracts are a maximum of 500 words, and if any special characters are to be included, please use LaTeX.

Abstracts should be e-mailed to Emma Clarke ([log in to unmask]), clearly indicating your preference for an oral presentation or a poster.

For further information on the conference and for details on how to register please visit the conference webpage. http://www.climathnet.org/meetingsandevents/conference2016/


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Research Associate - Climate Modelling (Fixed Term) (Back to Top)

Deadline: 2 March 2016

We are looking for a climate modeller to work with Dr Andrea Manica and Dr Andrew Friend (Dept. of Geography) on a project investigating the role of past climate on human adaptation. This ERC funded post is available for up to 50 months, with a start date of 1 April 2015.

Details of Dr Manica's research may be found here: http://www2.zoo.cam.ac.uk/manica/index.htm

Details of Dr Friend's research may be found here: http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/friend/

This project focuses on investigating the effect of natural selection in humans, using spatially explicit models that are informed by climate and vegetation reconstructions through time. The successful candidate will be involved in generating paleoclimate and paleovegetation reconstructions and work with population geneticists to use this information to quantitatively inform models of human evolution.

Duties will include setting up and running global paleoclimatic models using CESM; running paleovegetation reconstructions; potentially modifying CESM/vegetation models to allow for human/environment interactions; interacting with archaeologists and geneticists to help result interpretation; and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

For further details and instruction on how to apply visit http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/9371/We are looking for a climate modeller to work with Dr Andrea Manica and Dr Andrew Friend (Dept. of Geography) on a project investigating the role of past climate on human adaptation. This ERC funded post is available for up to 50 months, with a start date of 1 April 2015.

Details of Dr Manica's research may be found here: http://www2.zoo.cam.ac.uk/manica/index.htm

Details of Dr Friend's research may be found here: http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/friend/

This project focuses on investigating the effect of natural selection in humans, using spatially explicit models that are informed by climate and vegetation reconstructions through time. The successful candidate will be involved in generating paleoclimate and paleovegetation reconstructions and work with population geneticists to use this information to quantitatively inform models of human evolution.

Duties will include setting up and running global paleoclimatic models using CESM; running paleovegetation reconstructions; potentially modifying CESM/vegetation models to allow for human/environment interactions; interacting with archaeologists and geneticists to help result interpretation; and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

For further details and instruction on how to apply visit http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/9371/


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PhD Opportunity: Reconstructing the past and predicting the future: what can ice­-cores tell us about climate? (Back to Top)

Application deadline: Monday 7th March 2016

Supervisors: Dr R. Wilkinson, Prof C. Buck.

University of Sheffield, School of Mathematics and Statistics.

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures focuses on advancing the science of sustainability and connecting it with the policy debate around how humans can live in a more sustainable way.
grantham.sheffield.ac.uk

We are recruiting Grantham Scholars who will combine outstanding intellect with a strong commitment to public engagement, leadership and action. If these principles match your ambitions, you are invited to apply for one of our interdisciplinary PhD research projects to help solve the challenges of sustainability. You will be supported by the Grantham Centre through a unique training programme, designed to equip to with the skills to become a policy advocate and leader in sustainability matters.

Your application for this studentship should be accompanied by a CV and a 200 word supporting statement. Your statement should outline your aspirations and motivation for studying in the Grantham Centre, outlining any relevant experience.

Please submit this in the online application. Please note: in online application process please select ’standard PhD’ not DTC option.

For more detailed information regarding the project and instuctions on how to apply please visit https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=72343


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Climate science for decision making (Back to Top)

Tuesday 8th March, 10am-6pm, Royal Academy of Engineering, Carlton House Terrace.

Challenges to business and government use of scientific information include relevance and reliability of information, availability of data, and matching business needs with scientifically robust findings. How can we improve the usefulness and usability of climate information, without going beyond the limits of the available information? How should we think about and present scientific uncertainty? What new research directions might be stimulated by the issues identified?
A small number of places are still available for this discussion meeting. Please contact Erica, [log in to unmask], for more information and to register.


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12th International Conference on Paleoceanography (ICP12) (Back to Top)

August 29th to September 2nd, 2016. Utrecht, The Neverlands.

The 12th International Conference on Paleoceanography (ICP12) is due to be held in Utrecht, the Neverlands from August 29th to September 2nd, 2016.

The ICP12 organizing committee has committed to maintaining the successful formula of past ICP editions. The conference is organized along session themes, addressed in plenary oral presentations by invited speakers in the mornings and extensive poster sessions in the afternoons. In addition, various social events, including the traditional Paleomusicology concert, excursions and the Conference dinner are being planned, to make the meeting a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Registration is open. Deadline for Early Bird Registrations is 31st May 2016

Abstracts are being accepted. Deadline for abstract submissions is 1st May 2016

For further details of this event please visit http://icp12.uu.nl/


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SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth (Back to Top)

September 30th – October 2nd 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia, USA

Sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth.

Preparations for the inaugural conference of the SIAM Activity Group on "Mathematics of Planet Earth" (MPE16) are well under way.

--- Conference Themes---
Climate change, biodiversity, infectious diseases, sustainability, energy, food, and water are among the areas of greatest global concern. The new SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth (SIAG/MPE) provides a forum for mathematicians and computational scientists engaged in these critical priority areas. The interests of SIAG/MPE span the range from developing quantitative techniques to providing policy makers with tools for qualitative decision support.

---How to Participate---
SIAM requests that individuals limit themselves to giving one talk. (This does not apply to invited plenary speakers). The co-chairs of the organizing committee may make exceptions to this request. A poster may be presented in addition to a talk, provided the talk and the poster are on different results. All submissions are subject to review and final approval by the co-chairs.

You are invited to contribute a presentation for this conference in one of the following formats.

---Minisymposia---
A minisymposium generally consists of four 25-minute presentations, with an additional five minutes for discussion after each presentation. To ensure balance, SIAM prefers a single individual not be the organizer of more than one minisymposium, allowing up to 4 speakers. Minisymposium organizers who wish to submit a two part minisymposium, allowing up to 8 speakers, must email the conference co-chairs ([log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]) for approval on or before March 2, 2016. In addition, SIAM discourages minisymposia in which most of the speakers or co-authors come from the same institution.

SIAM also requests speakers submit only one oral presentation for the conference, either a minisymposium presentation or contributed lecture.

It is recommended that a minisymposium organizer make the first presentation in order to give an overview of the topic. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract. The organizing committee will referee minisymposium proposals. The number of minisymposia may be limited to retain an acceptable level of parallelism in the conference sessions.

Be certain to visit http://www.siam.org/meetings/guidelines/mini_guide.php to review Guidelines for Preparing a Minisymposium Proposal.
Prospective minisymposium organizers must submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not to exceed 100 words), a list of speakers and presentation titles using the Conference Management System available at: http://meetings.siam.org/start.cfm?CONFCODE=pe16

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals: March 2, 2016
Deadline for submission of minisymposium speaker abstracts: March 30, 2016

---Contributed Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format---
Contributed presentations in lecture or poster format are invited in all areas consistent with the conference themes. A lecture format is generally a 15-minute oral presentation with an additional 5 minutes for discussion. Talk lengths will be determined by the co-chairs at the close of submissions.

SIAM also requests speakers submit only one oral presentation for the conference, either a minisymposium presentation or contributed lecture.

A poster format involves the use of non-electronic visual aids for mounting on a 4’ x 6’ or 4’ x 8’ poster board. A poster session is two hours long. Each contributor, either for a lecture or a poster, must submit a title and a brief abstract not to exceed 75 words.

A poster may be presented in addition to a talk, provided the talk and the poster are on different results.

Please submit contributed presentations in lecture or poster format using the Conference Management System available at:http://meetings.siam.org/start.cfm?CONFCODE=pe16

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts: March 30, 2016


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