Aims & Scope

2013 will be a special year of emphasis on the Mathematics of Planet Earth. Earth is a planet with dynamic processes in the mantle, oceans and atmosphere creating climate, causing natural disasters, and influencing fundamental aspects of life and life-supporting systems. In addition to these natural processes, humans have developed systems of great complexity, including economic and financial systems; the World Wide Web; frameworks for resource management, transportation, and energy production and utilization; health care delivery; and social organizations. Human activity has increased to the point where it influences the global climate, impacts the ability of the planet to feed itself and threatens the stability of these systems. Issues such as climate change, sustainability, man-made disasters, control of diseases and epidemics, management of resources, risk analysis, and global integration have come to the fore.

Mathematics plays a key role in these and many other processes affecting Planet Earth, both as a fundamental discipline and as an essential component of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research. Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE 2013) will focus mathematical research in these fields, provide a platform to showcase the essential relevance of mathematics to planetary problems, coalesce activities currently dispersed among institutions, and create a context for mathematical and interdisciplinary developments that will be necessary in order to address a myriad of issues and meet global challenges in the future. Activities will take place around the planet. Several thematic activities will be organized jointly by more than one institute.

The first two volumes of the CIM series in Mathematical Sciences, to be published by Springer-Verlag GmbH, will consist of review articles selected from the works presented in the CIM Mathematics of Planet Earth conferences (Springer Press Release).

CIM-MPE events (announcements)


The International Center of Mathematics CIM is a partner institution of the International Program Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE 2013). CIM plans to organize and support several activities in the scope of International Program Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE 2013). To this extent, CIM is organizing the following CIM International Conferences Planet Earth:

Furthermore, CIM is organizing the following CIM Advanced Schools Planet Earth just before and after the corresponding International Conferences:



Each international conference will have around 15 keynote speakers and 30 thematic sessions with an approximated total of 100 speakers. The keynote speakers are top researchers in mathematics and science whose discoveries had a great impact in the progress of science. All the speakers will be top researchers, including promising young researchers, who already have major contributions in their fields of knowledge. Each thematic session will have an organizer and 2-4 speakers that can include the organizer. The thematic sessions will occur during the international conference and the corresponding advanced school. The advanced schools will consist of mini-courses (3-5 hours) given by some of the keynote speakers. For each international conference we expect 200 participants and for each advanced school we expect 100 participants from all over the world.

These activities are enthusiastically supported by the Portuguese Society of Mathematics (SPM), the Portuguese Society of Statistics (SPE) and the Portuguese Society of Operational Research (APDIO).