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The mathematics of climate change

Climate change is expected to hit developing countries the hardest; higher temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, rising sea levels and more frequent weather-related disasters, pose risks for agriculture, food and water supplies. At stake are recent gains in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease and the lives and livelihoods of billions of people in developing countries.

In a public lecture, climate scientist, Professor Inez Fung from the University of California, Berkeley, will describe the underlying science and mathematics that drives changes in our weather patterns. The lecture titled Climate Math, which is being held in the Kramer Lecture Theatre on UCT’s middle campus on 26 March at 7pm, will demonstrate projections of future change. The lecture hosted by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and sponsored by the Simons Foundation, forms part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) year, an initiative of over 120 scientific societies, research institutes, universities and organisations all over the world.

During her lecture Professor Fung will review the basis of climate modelling with an emphasis on new challenges in projecting future climate change. The essential elements of this complex problem will be presented during her lecture.

Professor Fung has studied climate change for the last 20 years. She is a principal architect of large-scale mathematical modelling approaches and numerical models to represent the geographic and temporal variations of sources and sinks of CO2, dust and other trace substances around the globe. Fung’s recent work in climate modelling predicts the co-evolution of CO2 and climate and concludes that the diminishing capacities of the land and oceans to store carbon act to accelerate global warming.

Fung is a professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of California, jointly appointed in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She is also the co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow in both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, call Linda Camara on 021 787 9263 or email



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