Mathematics Awareness Month - April 2013
Mathematics of Sustainability

Learn more about the interconnected nature of these resources

Learn more about Alternative Energy Learn more about Agriculture Learn more about Normal Distribution Learn more about Trees Learn more about Climate Learn more about Oil Learn more about Logistic Equations Learn more about Glaciers Learn more about Cities Learn more about the Gini Coefficient Learn more about Fishing


TreesLumber is used to build houses and, in many parts of the world, as a fuel source and provides employment to many workers. Trees absorb carbon from the air and thus provide a counter weight to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. So if we harvest too many trees, we will loss this important carbon sink and the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will rise yet higher contributing to climate change. In general, forest are important ecosystems for many plants and animals. Resource management professionals use mathematical models, building on the logistic equation, to determine how best to manage renewable resources like timber.

For example, the Amazon is a diverse ecosystem that many indigenous people rely on for a living.  How do we balance the needs of those that want the lumber or want to convert the forest into agriculture land, the ecosystem service of a carbon sink the Amazon provides, and the needs of the indigenous people that rely on the Amazon?

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Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.
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