Mathematics and Climate
One of the most important challenges of our time is modeling global climate–how we actually measure, understand and discuss climate change. Some of the fundamental questions researchers are currently addressing are:
* How long will the summer Arctic sea ice pack survive?
* Are hurricanes and other severe weather events getting stronger?
* How much will sea level rise as ice sheets melt?
* How do human activities affect climate change?
* How is global climate monitored?
How does this happen? Through mathematics! The American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has made climate and the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month. The library is honoring this month with a display of books this week. You can find out more about SBCC’s Mathematics program and SBCC’s Center for Sustainability online.