The quarrel in the coral
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful places in Australia, but coral on the reef is under constant threat of coral bleaching - a process whereby a heated argument (global warming) causes the coral to expel energy-producing algae.
We are interested in understanding the nuances of the mysterious mechanism of coral bleaching. To do this, we created a mathematical model known as a stochastic fluid model. Stochastic means random, so we can incorporate the randomness of nature into the model. With our model in hand, we can calculate quantities that tell us about how coral reacts to bleaching - but it turns out that these calculations are harder than they seem!
We had to take a closer look at the numerical methods behind these computations and navigate numerous twists and turns along the way.
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Max Sinclair Wurm