Published on March 6th, 2013 | by Simi
Dr Clinton Foster, Chief Scientist at Geoscience Australia
Dr Clinton Foster, Chief Scientist at Geoscience Australia, is Ambassador for the International Year of Maths of Planet Earth Australia.
Geoscience Australia is proud to support this project by promoting the essential role of mathematical sciences in society.
“Maths underpins everything we do as a society and is a building block for the diverse range of geoscientific disciplines undertaken by Geoscience Australia”, said Dr Foster.
“As an Agency, we handle vast amounts of data through the application of maths, and it’s absolutely critical to areas of geophysical Earth analysis, environmental modelling and to better understand processes such as carbon capture and storage”, he said.
“Hopefully in this Mathematics of Planet Earth year people will be drawn towards a career path that involves maths, and people already using maths in their workplace will strive to discover new ways to apply the discipline”, said Dr Foster.
We interviewed Dr Foster to find out about how Geoscience Australia use mathematics in their work and why it is important for Australia to be mathematically literate.