Understanding the maths of El Nino
23 Mar 2015
Last week, 16 Perse mathematicians joined staff at a maths lecture at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences on “El Nino: what will happen next?”, part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
They learnt how delay differential equations can be used to describe the dynamics of heat in the Pacific Ocean that cause the El Nino weather phenomenon, including the cyclical nature of El Nino and La Nina as well the absence of El Nino in any other ocean basin.
The group then retired to the Maharajah restaurant for curry and the chance to discuss all things mathematical.