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Visiting professor: Math brings awareness to climate change

April 10, 2009

Mathematics is the key to understanding most of the world’s complex phenomena, including climate change, according to Julian Hunt, a visiting professor at Arizona State University. Hunt will address the topic of how the ideas and techniques of mathematics, together with the sciences, can help people understand climate change, and what to do about it, in a special lecture April 17 that celebrates National Mathematics Awareness Month.

The lecture is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Physical Sciences H building, Room 152, on ASU’s Tempe campus. It is sponsored by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Hunt is an honorary professor at the University of Cambridge and an emeritus professor of climate modeling at University College, London.

He is the visiting fellow of the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Center in Cambridge University, and a Burgers visiting professor at the Delft University of Technology.

Hunt is a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and a fellow of the Royal Society. He is chairman of Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants.

In 2001, Hunt was awarded the L.F. Richardson medal by the European Geophysical Society. He was created a Baron in the House of Lords of the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 2000.

The lecture is free and open to the public. More information at