Mathematics of Planet Earth

Workshop on Global Change

May 19-21, 2014

2060 Valley Life Sciences Building, University of California, Berkeley

Presented under the auspices of the DIMACS Special Program: Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013+.

The planet is constantly changing, but the pace of change has accelerated as a result of human activity. Construction and deforestation change habitats; fishing affects fish populations; fossil fuel combustion leads to atmospheric greenhouse gas buildup; commerce and transport introduce non-native species. We need to monitor global change to understand processes leading to change, learn how to mitigate and adapt to its effects, determine if we are meeting goals for our planet, and get early warning of dangerous trends.