DCSS 2020 - Postponed (see important announcements)

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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).  DCSS is a separate event and focuses entirely on different subject material.  There will not be a CPSS in Summer 2020.


Important Announcements: COVID-19

With great regret, organizers have decided to cancel and postpone the DCSS due to COVID-19 concerns, travel restrictions, and the suspension of university activities.  Plans for the 2021 Summer School will begin next academic year and information will be posted as it comes available.  Please be healthy and safe.  (posted March 18, 1:35 p.m.)


While plans for the upcoming DCSS are still continuing, Cornell is updating precautionary policies and restrictions in regards to COVID-19 on a daily basis. We will post any updates here and send an e-mail to all registered participants if any changes are made. (posted March 11, 1:17 p.m.)

Cornell University, among other national educational institutions, has become aware of conference speakers/participants being contacted either by e-mail or phone to give out credit card information for lodging.  We will never ask for credit card information over the phone or by e-mail, and all payments are processed by a secure link to Cornell Business Services.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact any of the organizers or the event conference coordinator.

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

Conceptual climate models sit at the opposite end of 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 invite 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:


Please go here to register:  Math Department DCSS Registration

*Funding is available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Separate registration information for on-campus housing will be sent soon after funding announcements are distributed in April.

  1. The Math Department DCSS Registration deadline is March 25, 2020.
  2. Funding support will be announced to applicants by April 10, 2020.
  3. Materials required in the application:
    • Statement of interest (all applicants)
    • CV if postdoc or more advanced
    • Graduate students must submit 1 letter of reference

HOUSING:  On-campus housing has been reserved for participants at William Keeton House.  Housing registration is separate from the Math Department Registration and is managed by Cornell Conference Services.  During the department registration you will have an opportunity to indicate if you are interested in on-campus housing.  Information on housing including a link to housing registration will be sent to interested participants after funding announcements are sent out.

Welcoming Reception is scheduled for July 15th, which will be located in Malott Hall 5th floor lounge, room 532.  No registration is required.

Banquet Barbecue is scheduled for July 18th in the Cornell Big Red Barn located next door to Malott Hall.  A notification will be sent to all registrants in April including information on banquet registration.


Steven Strogatz, Cornell University

Kate Meyer, Cornell University

Summer School Coordinator:

Heather Peterson, Cornell University


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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