Community Talk


CNA 2019 Workshop on Mathematical Models For Pattern Formation

Community Talk

March 9, 2019, 8:30-9:30 pm

Giant Eagle Auditorium


Ken Golden coring
Ken Golden coring Antarctic sea ice with the Australian icebreaker
Aurora Australis in the background, October 2012
credit: David Lubbers


Kenneth M. Golden

University of Utah

Pattern Formation

in Melting Arctic Sea Ice

The precipitous loss of Arctic sea ice has outpaced expert predictions. This talk will address how sea ice is represented in climate models and how mathematics of pattern formation can improve projections of the fate of Earth’s sea ice packs and the ecosystems they support. The lecture is intended for a wide, interdisciplinary audience, and will conclude with a short video on a recent Antarctic expedition where we measured sea ice properties.



Twin penguins standing watch over their sea ice, September 2007
credit: Ken Golden

twin penguins

rafted ice

Rafted pieces of Arctic sea ice consolidating into an ice floe
credit: Don Perovich



Melt ponds on the surface of Arctic sea ice in August of 2005
credit: Don Perovich

Arctic melt ponds


This conference is sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.