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Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

2005 EAPS Lecture Series: The Perilous Earth, Understanding Natural Hazards
Stéphane Rondenay
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Despite the influence of human activity on the environment, Earth has a rather brutal way of reminding us repeatedly that we are not in control. During the past year, we have experienced a devastating hurricane season in the Caribbean and southeastern US, increased activity at Mt St Helens, and the occurrence of several large earthquakes worldwide. We will investigate the causes of such natural phenomena, their predictability and their societal impacts.
Web: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/lecture_series.shtml
Contact: Vicki McKenna, 54-910, x3-3380, vsm@mit.edu

Deep Impact: Fact or Fiction?
Rick Binzel
Hollywood movies portray our imminent doom by the impact of an asteroid or comet. Yet is there any real chance of this actually happen? What could we do if we were actually faced with an asteroid on a collision course?
Wed Jan 5, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Abrupt Climate Change
Giulio Boccaletti
Mon Jan 10, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Hurricanes and Hurricane Risk: When Will New England Have Another Great Hurricane?
Kerry Emanuel
New England has experienced three major hurricanes since it was colonized in the 17th century, far too few to make reasonable inferences about the probability of future events. We will discuss two major new techniques for estimating hurricane risk and compare these independent methods, focusing on their predictions for New England.
Wed Jan 12, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Demystifying "The Big One"
Stephane Rondenay
Earthquakes occur in a variety of tectonic settings. Here, we will look into what makes subduction-zone earthquakes the potential "big ones" of the lot.
Fri Jan 14, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

An Evaluation of Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Measures
Daniel Barclay
A qualitative presentation and discussion of various U.S. seismic safety measures' effectiveness to see what lessons (if any) can be drawn for planning authorities in other regions.
Wed Jan 19, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Tsunamis Triggered by Submarine Landslides
David Mohrig
In the last 100 yrs the East Coast of North America has been hit by only one catastrophic tsunami. This wave was produced by a large submarine landslide off the coast of Newfoundland. Learn about underwater landslides, tsunamis and the methods used by geologists to assemble records for infrequent, large tsunamis from the sedimentary deposits.
Fri Jan 21, 12pm-01:00am, 66-110, Note new room

Radiation on Terrestrial Planets
Shane Byrne
Mon Jan 24, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Storm Surges and Coastal Cities: Venice, for How Long?
Paola Rizzoli
Coastal cities all over the world suffer from extreme flooding produced by the passage of severe storms in the adjacent sea. The flooding of Venice is heightened by natural and man-induced subsidence. A solution of mobile barriers closing the lagoon inlets will be illustrated and projections will be discussed for future scenarios of sea level rise.
Wed Jan 26, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Large Volcanic Eruptions
Tim Grove
Fri Jan 28, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Electron Microprobe Analysis on the JEOL JXA-733 Superprobe
Nilanjan Chatterjee
Fri Jan 7, 01-03:00pm, 54-1221

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

In this session you will have hands-on experience on our JEOL-733 electron microprobe with enhanced imaging capabilities and learn about wavelength and energy dispersive spectrometry, backscattered electron, secondary electron, cathodoluminescence, and elemental x-ray imaging.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/e-probe/www/iap.html
Contact: Nilanjan Chatterjee, 54-1216, x3-1995, nchat@mit.edu

Geoscience Career Planning, Goal Setting and Time Mangement
Mark Willis
Wed Jan 19, Thu Jan 20, Fri Jan 21, 02-04:00pm, E25-117

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

In this seminar visiting alumni from the oil industry and MIT faculty will offer advice about what experiences and skills are needed to break into and be successful in their respective geoscience areas. We will cover employer expectations, whole-life goal-setting that encompasses your career and time management.
Web: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/courses/index.shtml#on-campus
Contact: Mark Willis, E34-408, x2-2816, mewillis@mit.edu

Hollywood Science: How the Movies Present Our World
Vicki McKenna
Tue Jan 4, Sun Jan 9, Thu Jan 13, Thu Jan 27, 07-09:00pm, 54-915

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

This short movie series is a companion to the 2005 EAPS Lecture Series on Natural Disasters. Spend part of your evening watching a Hollywood disaster movie, and the following noon come hear the real deal on the related science. Popcorn and soda provided.

  • Armageddon - Jan. 4
  • Day After Tomorrow - Jan. 10     Note new day.
  • Hurricane - Jan. 11
  • The Core - Jan. 13
  • Earthquake - Jan. 18
  • Space 1999 - Jan. 24
  • Documentary on Venice flooding - Jan. 25
  • Volcano - Jan. 27
    Web: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/lecture_series#movies.shtml
    Contact: Vicki McKenna, 54-910, x3-3380, vsm@mit.edu

  • MIT-Schlumberger Workshop: Frontiers of Inversion
    Dale Morgan, Dan Burns, Rama Rao, Peter Tilke and Michael Prange
    Tue Jan 25, Wed Jan 26, 09am-05:00pm, 66-110, Note new room

    No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
    Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
    Prereq: None

    The problem of determining the parameters of physical, chemical and/or biological models based on observed (noisy) data is referred to as the inverse problem. Often, progress within the geosciences and other fields is related to the robust solution of inverse problems. Faced with large, often nonlinear systems, scientists must develop models that in fitting the data must also quantitatively address model uniqueness and accuracy. Examples include constructing models of the earth, the ocean circulation and climate. During this workshop, some key issues in inverse methods facing both academic and industrial scientists will be discussed in an attempt to identify common challenges and possible approaches to solve these problems.
    Contact: Dale Morgan, E34-412, x3-7857, morgan@erl.mit.edu

    Natural Hazards in the Northeast: Challenges of Preparedness and Mitigation
    Ed Fratto Executive Director, Northeast States Emergency Consortium
    Schedule: TBD
    No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
    Single session event

    Special concluding lecture in the 2005 EAPS Lecture Series on natural hazards. Monday, Jan. 31; noon to 1 pm; 54-915.
    Contact: Vicki McKenna, 54-910, x3-3380, vsm@mit.edu

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