Fall 2010 Seminar Series at WestConn
Dr. William Boos – “The tropical atmosphere, why it’s so different and how it might change”
Weather in the tropics is unlike that at higher latitudes; there are no large changes in temperature, and rainfall varies on much longer time scales than those of the 3-5 day weather systems we experience in mid-latitudes. These longer time scales of variability are poorly understood and put many of the world's developing nations at greater risk of floods and drought.
This lecture is a brief overview of the hydrological cycle of the tropical atmosphere, its dominant patterns of variability, and how it might change in coming decades.
Dr. William R. Boos
October 19, 2010
Dr. Trude Storelvmo - "Aerosol Effects on Clouds and Climate"
The lecture will describe the mechanisms by which aerosols influence climate, in particular via their interaction with clouds. The lecture will also address how these effects are taken into account in simulations of future climate, and discuss the role of aerosols-cloud interactions in recently proposed
Dr. Trude Storelvmo
Nov. 16, 2010
Dr. Jason Smerden - "The Climate of Earth's Past: From mud to matrices and a few things in between"
Dr. Jason Smerden
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Nov. 30, 2010