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[CCICADA-announce] DIMACS/CCICADA Student-organized Seminar Presents - Thurday, April 12, 2012

Linda Casals lindac at
Mon Apr 9 15:17:18 EDT 2012

 Student-organized Seminar Series Sponsored by DIMACS and
   the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center 
          for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA)
Title: Interpreting the noisy geological record of ancient climate changes: 
       An informal discussion about using the past to learn about the future

Speaker: Robert Kopp, Rutgers Energy Institute and the Department of
          Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University

Date: Thurday, April 12, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00 pm

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 433, Rutgers University, Busch Campus



Over the last two centuries, humanity has become a geological force,
inducing environmental conditions like those that Earth has not
experienced for millions of years. Piecing together Earth's past
environments, peering through the veil of geological uncertainty with
the aid of process models and statistics, can thus provide crucial
insights into our future. In my Statistics Department seminar on
Wednesday, I will will discuss the statistical and algorithmic
challenges of inferring past sea level and ice sheet changes from
geological observations, while taking into account both uncertainties
and our understanding of the relevant physics, and explore what
inferred sea level during past warm periods may be able to tell us
about the stability of ice sheets in the coming centuries. At lunch on
Thursday, we will continue the discussion of the statistical
challenges of interpreting ancient environmental changes in an
informal setting.

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