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About the Lorenz Center

Understanding and predicting global climate change may be one of the most complex scientific challenges faced today. MIT’s School of Science recently launched the Lorenz Center, a new climate think tank devoted to fundamental inquiry. By emphasizing curiosity-driven research, the Center fosters creative approaches to learning how climate works.

Kerry A. Emanuel, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Meteorology, and Daniel H. Rothman, Professor of Geophysics, are leading this effort, which is named after their late colleague Edward N. Lorenz, the founder of modern chaos theory and an early contributor to theoretical climate science.

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From left to right: Daniel Rothman, Professor of Geophysics, Maria Zuber, E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and former head of MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and Kerry Emanuel, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Meteorology. The faculty are at an MIT School of Science breakfast proposing the launch of the Lorenz Center.