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Current Topic and Lecture Schedule

Program Dates: June 16 to August 22, 2014

Climate Physics and Dynamics

Lectures on "Large Scale Dynamics in the Atmosphere and Ocean" will be given by Geoffrey Vallis and on "Water, Radiation and Convection in the Climate System" by Kerry Emanuel.

Principal Lectures
Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Geoffrey Vallis, University of Exeter
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

****Tentative Schedule of Principle Lectures****

Week 1, June 16 - 20

Monday, June 16
Elements of Radiative Transfer
Kerry Emanuel

Tuesday, June 17
Energy Balance Models and Simple Radiative Convective Equilibria (RCE)
Geoff Vallis

Wednesday, June 18
RCE and Tropopause Height
Geoff Vallis

Thursday, June 19
Convective Heat Transfer 1
Kerry Emanuel

Friday, June 20
Convective Heat Transfer II
Kerry Emanuel


Week 2, June 23 - 27

Monday, June 23
RCE states and Interaction with Large Scale Flows
Kerry Emanuel
Tuesday, June 24

Global Instability of the RCE State
Kerry Emanuel

Wednesday, June 25
Surface Winds: Why they matter and how they are produced
Geoff Vallis

Thursday, June 26
Theory of the Oceanic Deep Circulation
Geoff Vallis

Friday, June 27
Deep Circulation (continued) and the Thermocline
Geoff Vallis

Lectures begin at 10:30 AM

Week 3

Monday, June 30
Climate-biosphere interaction across multiple scales
Antonello Provenzale, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, CNR

1:30
Planetary Climates: Some Advantages of Sparse Data
Andy Ingersoll, California Institute of Technology
Abstract (pdf)

Tuesday, July 1
Mixing stuff up
Glenn Flierl, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wednesday, July 2

On the relationship between GFD and atmosphere/ocean models in the era of exascale computing
Beth Wingate, University of Exeter, UK
Abstract (pdf)

1:30
Probabilistic plume model to represent dry, shallow and deep convection
Pierre Gentine, Columbia University
Abstract (pdf)

Thursday, July 3
Baroclinic Equilibration with Topography
Ryan Abernathey, Columbia University
Abstract (pdf)

1:30
Finite-amplitude wavepackets in internal waves in a rotating frame
Ted Johnson, University College London

Friday, July 4
HOLIDAY


Week 4

Monday, July 7
Parameters, Probabilities and Insight(s)
Lenny Smith, London School of Economics and Political Science
Abstract (pdf)

1:30
On the Reliability of Multi-Year Forecasts of Climate
Susanna Corti, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the Italian National Research Council
Abstract (pdf)

Tuesday, July 8
Metriplecticism:  relaxation paradigms for computation and derivation
Phil Morrison, University of Texas at Austin

Wednesday, July 9

Forcing and feedback from months to millions of years
Peter Huybers, Harvard University

1:30
Regional climate predictability from regional climate feedbacks
Gerard Roe, University of Washington
Abstract (pdf)

Thursday, July 10
Low Clouds and Their Response to Climate Change: A GFD Problem Waiting to be Solved
Tapio Schneider, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Abstract (pdf)

1:30
Mixing mechanisms and dynamics of the deep Arctic Ocean
Mary-Louise Timmermans, Yale University

Friday, July 11
A competition between turbulence and baroclinic instability in the upper ocean
John Taylor, University of Cambridge
Abstract (pdf)

1:30
Retreating Greenland glaciers and warming ocean: dynamics at the ice/ocean interface
Fiamma Straneo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Abstract (pdf)

Week 5

Monday, July 14
Why are all my power cords entangled?  A lecture on random entanglement
Jean-Luc Thiffeault, University of Wisconsin

1:30
Robotic GFD: collaborative tracking and control in time-dependent and stochastic flows
Philip Yecko, Cooper Union New York
Abstract (pdf)

Tuesday, July 15
Climate response to increased CO2 - Effects of explicit representation of atmospheric convection and connections with past warm and hot climates
Eli Tziperman, Harvard University
Abstract (pdf)

Wednesday, July 16
The nonlinear, downstream development of unstable baroclinic waves. Chaos and scale.
Joe Pedlosky, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Abstract (pdf)


Thursday, July 17

Dynamics of the Madden-Julian oscillation
Adam Sobel, Columbia University
Abstract (pdf)

Friday, July 18
The ocean's role in transient climate change
Kyle Armour, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Week 6

Monday, July 21
Wind waves in the coupled climate system
Baylor Fox-Kemper, Brown University
Abstract (pdf)

Tuesday, July 22
The northern hemisphere summertime circulation: mechanisms and future changes
Tiffany Shaw, Columbia University

Wednesday, July 23
Response of Antarctic climate to ozone-hole forcing
John Marshall, EAPS MIT Cambridge

Thursday, July 24
Convectively coupled tropical transients
Zhiming Kuang, Harvard University

Friday, July 25
Energetics of semi-enclosed basins with two-layer flows at the strait
Paola Cessi, University of California, San Diego

Week 7

Monday, July 28
Maintenance, formation and drift of zonal jets
Bill Young, University of California, San Diego

Tuesday, July 29
Ocean heat uptake and the putative 'hiatus'
Carl Wunsch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract (pdf)

Wednesday, July 30
“The geometry of transition in shear flows”
Norman Lebovitz, University of Chicago
Abstract (pdf)

Thursday, July 31
Too much of a good thing? Destabilisation and mixing induced by stratification in shear flows
Colm-cille Caulfield, Cambridge University
Abstract (pdf)

Friday, August 1
A GFD study of the last glacial maximum climate
Raffaele Ferrari, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract (pdf)

Week 8

Monday, August 4
Geometry of turbulence, or how to slice baroclinic instability
Predrag Cvitanovic, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tuesday, August 5
Ice core as archives of past climate and atmospheric composition
Carlo Barbante, University of Venice
Abstract (pdf)

Wednesday, August 6
A Problem in Cosmical Gas Dynamics
Ed Spiegel, Columbia University

PUBLIC LECTURE, 5:00 PM, Redfield Auditorium
(reception to follow)
The Future of Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice
Cecilia Bitz, University of Washington

Thursday, August 7
The Coolest Part of the Ocean
Cecilia Bitz, University of Washington

Friday, August 8
On the self-aggregation of convection in the tropical atmosphere
Caroline Muller, Laboratoire d’Hydrodynamique de l'École Polytechnique & CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique

Week 9 - August 11

Quiet Week: No lectures

Week 10 - August 18

Fellows' presentations