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Cornell Dynamics and Climate Summer School:

Nonlinear, Nonsmooth, Multivalued and Delayed Dynamics in Conceptual Climate Models

July 14 - 24, 2020

*This is not to be confused with the Cornell Probability Summer School (CPSS). CDCSS is a separate event and focuses entirely on different subject material.  There will not be a CPSS in Summer 2020.

We are in the early stages of planning and more information will be posted as it comes available.

Questions and inquiries (ex. mobility/accessibility, etc.) can be sent to dcss_cu-math@cornell.edu.

The Cornell Dynamics and Climate Summer School focuses on the interrelated topics of conceptual climate models and dynamical systems that are nonlinear, nonsmooth, multivalued, and/or delayed.

Conceptual climate models sit opposite the complexity spectrum from computationally massive general circulation models that inform IPCC reports on climate change. Though they sacrifice details, conceptual models based on mass and/or energy balance offer mechanistic clarity and greater analytic tractability. They pose an invitation to the climate-curious mathematician to engage with a timely topic that brings its own collection of mathematical questions. How should solutions be defined at discontinuities and boundaries in a vector field, such as the north pole in a latitudinal model? Can rough dynamics be inferred from incomplete data? How do delays in feedback influence a system’s behavior?

Confirmed Main Lecturers include:

Confirmed Complementary Lecturers include:


The school is aimed at graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty with some background in dynamics and an interest in climate.

Registration will open in late January.

  1. Deadline for applications:  March 25, 2020
  2. Funding support announced to applicants:  April 10, 2020
  3. Materials required in application:
    • Statement of interest (all applicants)
    • CV if postdoc or more advanced
    • Graduate students must submit 1 letter of reference

Stay tuned for more updates.


This meeting is partially supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Thanks also to the staff at the Cornell Department of Mathematics for handling much of the organization of the meeting.


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