Inaugural lecture Jason Frank: The Nature of Prediction (and the Prediction of Nature)

On 21 April, Jason Frank, researcher at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, gave his inaugural lecture entitled The Nature of Prediction (and the Prediction of Nature) as full professor Dynamical Systems and Numerical Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. He gave a mathematical view on the predictability of natural systems, such as climate system, and looked at the challenges, techniques, and the role of computational methods.

Climate scenarios used by the climate panel IPPC reveal a possible future climate, which is not meant to be used as a climate prediction. However, such scenarios are misused frequently to determine policy and strategy, for instance infrastructure, water management and energy facilities.

Jason Frank is head of the CWI research group Dynamical Systems and Numerical Analysis. On 15 March 2010, he was appointed full professor at the University of Amsterdam.

 

Source: UvA website