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Public Invited to Florida Tech Lecture on Mathematics and Melting Polar Ice Caps, April 26

04/22/2013

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Florida Institute of Technology Department of Mathematical Sciences invites the public to its first SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Public Lecture on Apr. 26 at 5 p.m. The presentation, “Mathematics and the Melting Polar Ice Caps,” celebrates National Math Awareness Month in April. The theme this year is Mathematics of Sustainability, http://www.mathaware.org/index.html.

Lecturer Kenneth M. Golden is a worldwide renowned mathematician and faculty member of the University of Utah, Department of Mathematics. Golden has special interests in sea ice, climate change, composite materials and inverse problems.

In September 2012, the area of the Arctic Ocean covered by sea ice reached its lowest level ever recorded in more than three decades of satellite measurements. While global climate models generally predict sea ice declines over the 21st century, the precipitous losses observed so far significantly outpace most projections.

Golden will discuss how mathematical models of composite materials and statistical physics are used to study key sea ice processes and advance how sea ice is represented in climate models. This work is helping to improve projections of the fate of Earth’s ice packs and the response of polar ecosystems. He will also screen a video from a 2012 Antarctic expedition that shows the measurement of sea ice properties.

For more information, contact Amanda Kunos at (321) 674-8091 or at akunos@fit.edu.

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