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[Your city:] The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics announces that this year's Mathematics
Awareness Month focuses on the contributions of mathematics to our understanding
of the ocean.

The ocean is vitally important to all of us -- as a principal driving force of
the climate, a source of food and a means of transportation, among many reasons. As a
consequence, scientists strive to describe the ocean -- its circulation patterns,
currents, and motion -- and then to use that knowledge to predict the behavior of
the ocean and assess its effects on our lives. These scientific studies rest on
the use of mathematics.

Mathematicians have created the framework that enables us to model the fluid
motion and temperature changes of the ocean and, using complex computational
codes, to simulate these processes. Statisticians
are providing tools that help make sense of the vast amounts of data collected
each year by scientists around the world. In other areas, such as dynamical systems
theory, mathematicians have developed methods for analyzing the complex modes of
fluid transport through currents and other oceanic features.

These are only a few of the many areas of mathematics that are contributing to
remarkable advances in our ability to model and to gain insight into complex
physical phenomena like the ocean.

This year's Mathematics Awareness Month program will provide resources
to scientists, educators, and policy makers for exploring the role of the
mathematical sciences in understanding the ocean.

These resources can be found at /mam/01.

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Each year the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics sponsors Mathematics Awareness
Month to recognize the importance of mathematics through a series of articles
and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and
applications in a particular area.

The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics is an organization of the American
Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society
for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

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