Average carbon dioxide concentrations, Oct. 1 – Nov. 11, 2014, measured by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite. NASA Berrien Moore III, University of Oklahoma and Sean Crowell, University of Oklahoma Carbon is a building block of life on our planet. It is stored in reservoirs on Earth – in rocks, plants and soil – in … More Watching the planet breathe: Studying Earth’s carbon cycle from space
“The ass that tries to sit between two chairs ends up on the floor.” Evgeni Fedorovich I recently gave a talk at my alma mater, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The title of the talk was “Using Mathematics to Understand and Predict the Weather,” and it introduces three simple applications of basic … More Communicating Across Disciplines
I occasionally get to think about fun math problems while I’m doing work in applied science. The most recent example of this came up in a conference call. We are concerned about how a satellite measurement will respond to surface pressure changes. Theoretically, the measurement is an integral of the amount of a trace gas … More Numerical Integration and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
I listened to the NPR story “For Manufacturing Jobs, Workers Brush Up On Math”, in which the thesis of the reporter is that a lot of people are not getting jobs because they don’t have the basic arithmetic skills necessary to input the correct parameters to complex manufacturing machinery. The costs associated with inputting the … More Math for Manufacturing Jobs
This is my first content post for the satellite data assimilation summer school, and the first big insights that I’ve gotten by being here. These come courtesy of Dr. Craig Bishop of the Naval Research Lab in Monterrey, California. In my previous post, I talked about the difficulty I had of envisioning model error as … More Craig Bishop: The Secrets of Model/Background Error Covariance Revealed
I arrived in Santa Fe earlier this afternoon, where I will be spending the next two weeks with some of the brightest grad students and postdocs in DA in the US, not to mention the star studded cast of presenters. I’ll write a little bit about each day, and try to keep the tweets fresh … More Satellite Data Assimilation Summer School.