May 29, 2020

About CMG++

The Consortium for Mathematics in the Geosciences (CMG++) arose from two interdisciplinary workshops held at Northwestern and Princeton  in 2011 and 2012 and sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  Participants at the workshops examined issues related to interactions in the intersection of the mathematical, statistical, computational, and geophysical disciplines and explored ideas for creating a new support structure for this interdisciplinary enterprise.


To facilitate the development and application of mathematics, statistics, and computational sciences to the geosciences, and to accelerate the traditional interaction between people in these disciplines through the promotion of both collaborative research and interdisciplinary education.


To improve understanding and prediction of the emergent behavior of the planetary system in which we thrive, or by which we are threatened.


Discussions from two workshops and writing of a white paper have identified four broad research themes in which transformative advances in both the geosciences and mathematical sciences can result from fostering interactions between individuals in these fields:

1.  Assessing and mitigating natural hazards and climate change

2.  Developing and managing natural resources for sustainability

3.  Exploring and observing earth structure and processes

4.  Modeling and simulating earth structure and processes

5.  Developing and strengthening cross-disciplinary expertise

Current organizers:

  • Natasha Flyer, Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • Jodi Mead, Department of Mathematics, Boise State University
  • Frederik J Simons, Department of Geosciences and Program in Applied & Computational Mathematics, Princeton University
  • Seth Stein, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Grady Wright, Department of Mathematics, Boise State University
  • David Yuen, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota

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