Analysis, Geometry and Stochastics for Planet Earth

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Location: Room 402, EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Suite, Imperial College London

Supported by: London Mathematical Society Institute and EPSRC-CDT Mathematics of Planet Earth

The aim of this LMS Joint Research Group Grant, Scheme 3, Analysis, Geometry and Stochastics for Planet Earth is to investigate current challenges in mechanics, dynamics and earth system which require an intricate integration of techniques from geometry, analysis and stochastic processes. A core question in many applications in geo-fluid dynamics is how to model uncertainty and stability using random perturbations. We want to develop systematic ways to infer appropriate noise terms from the geometric structure and/or fluctuations of microscopic (sub-scale) origin. We now start to understand that the geometry of noise terms can be linked to the structure of the underlying non-equilibrium small-scale systems. Progress in this area will require cross-fertilization across the aforementioned areas. There have been substantial developments in stochastic analysis in the last two decades, but most of these remain of a theoretical nature, with no straightforward application to earth systems yet.

Researchers interested to participate are warmly welcome. Please register below. The registration fee is normally £20. A reduced fee of £10 is accepted from PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows. Registration deadline: Sunday, 31st May 2015.

Limited support for PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows may be available. Please contact the organisers at for details.

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  • 14:00-14:10 Introduction
  • 14:10-14:55 Prof Sebastian Reich (University of Potsdam), Title: “Beyond classic data assimilation: model adaptation, belief propagation and model selection”
  • 15:00 – 15:45 Dr Michaela Ottobre (Edinburgh Heriot Watt University), Title: “A Function Space HMC Algorithm with second order Langevin diffusion limit”
  • 15:50 -16:05 Coffee Break
  • 16:05- 16:50: Prof Robert McCann (University of Toronto),  Title:  “The Intrinsic Dynamics of Optimal Transport”
  • 17:05- 18:00: Discussion Group (Phd-students and PostDoc)


Dan Crisan, Tobias Kuna, Johannes Zimmer

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The conference is supported by the London Mathematical Society through a Joint Research Group Scheme 3 grant and by EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training Mathematics of Planet Earth.