MPE 2013+ Workshop on Global Change

May 19 - 21, 2014
2060 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley

Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University, Virginia, hgaff at
Wayne Getz, University of California - Berkeley, wgetz at
Hans Kaper, Georgetown University, hgk5 at
Steve Sain, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), ssain at
Presented under the auspices of the DIMACS Special Program: Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013+.

Workshop Program:

Monday, May 19, 2014

 8:00 -  8:30  Registration and Breakfast  
               2063 Valley Life Science Building.  
               Search for "Valley Life Science Building" under "Buildings" in the left hand menu.

               For those who will have "C" permits.  Recommended parking in Dwinelle Lot, which is directly on the south side of the Valley Life Science


               Participants can also park in any "C" campus space, as long as there are no instructions about special permits required for commencement.  Most commencement parking is on the east side of campus, so we should be fine in this regard.
               All "C" parking lots can be found at this link:

 8:30 -  9:00  Welcome and Background

 9:00 -  9:40  Revolutionizing Science & Mathematics Education: the global change challenge
               Mark McCaffrey, National Center of Science Education
 9:40 - 10:20  Mathematics and Climate: A New Partnership
               Hans Kaper, Georgetown University 

10:20 - 10:50  Break

10:50 - 11:30  The Application of Information Theory to Ecology
               John Harte, University of California - Berkeley

11:30 - 12:10  A GIS Global Change Case Study
               Kevin Koy, University of California - Berkeley

12:10 -  1:30  Lunch

 1:30 -  3:00  Panel 1: Communicating Global Change:
               Minda Berbeco, National Center of Science Education, Barbara Cozzens, Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University

 3:00 -  3:30  Break

 3:30 -  5:30  Contributed Talks:
               Sea-ice Albedo Feedback and the Tipping Points in Algae Dynamics
               Ivan Sudakov, University of Utah

               Predicting Future Extinction Debt from Present-Day Community Patterns
               Justin Kitzes, University of California-Berkeley

               Optimal Control of Restoration - the Role of Economic Threshold 
               Adam Lampert, University of California-Davis

               Both Climate Change and Land Use Change Influenceinvasive Species' Future Ranges
               Jennifer Weaver, University of California-Berkeley

               Towards a National Early Warning System for Human West Nile Virus Incidence
               Carrie Manore, Tulane University

               Wastes to Fuel - Waste a Valuable Resource
               Viral Sagar, Rutgers University

 6:00 -  9:00  Banquet Dinner and Talk  
               Finding the Sweet Spot
               Richard Salter, Oberlin College

               The Faculty Club
               Howard Room 
               University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 8:00 -  8:30  Breakfast

 8:30 -  9:10  Massive Data Set Management and Analysis in the Context of Global Change
               Carl Boettiger, University of California - Santa Cruz

 9:10 -  9:50  Understanding Socio-Ecosystems as Complex Networks in Changing Environments
               Neo Martinez, University of Arizona

 9:50 - 10:30  Applications of GIS in Emerging Zoonotic Processes
               Jason Blackburn, University of Florida

10:30 - 11:00  Break

11:00 - 12:20  Panel 2: Data Deluge or Drought (Quality and Quantity): 
               David Ackerly, University of California - Berkeley, 
               Fred Roberts, Rutgers University,
               Philip Stark, University of California - Berkeley

12:20 -  1:30  Lunch

 1:30 -  3:00  Workshops 1 and 2 (in parallel)
               1: Student driven: Using Mathematics to Interface Global and Ecosystem Processes

               2: Student driven: Using Mathematics to Link Individual and Population Level Processes

 3:00 -  3:30  Break

 3:30 -  4:30  Workshops 1 and 2 (continue)
               1: Student driven: Using Mathematics to Interface Global and Ecosystem Processes

               2: Student driven: Using Mathematics to Link Individual and Population Level Processes

 4:30 -  5:00  Workshop report back

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

 8:00 -  8:30  Breakfast

 8:30 -  9:10  When All Models are Wrong
               Andrea Saltelli, European Commission JRC

 9:10 - 10:30  Panel 3: Are Our Models Adequate for Policy Formation: 
               Solomon Hsiang, University of California - Berkeley,
               Donald Lucas, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, 
               A. Marm Kilpatrick, University of California - Santa Cruz

10:30 - 11:00  Break

11:00 - 12:00  Way forward discussion

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