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The John Carlson Lecture

The John Carlson Lecture communicates exciting new results in climate science to the general public. Free of charge and open to the general public, the lecture is made possible by a generous gift from MIT alumnus John H. Carlson to the Lorenz Center at MIT.

"Sea Ice, Climate and Observational Mathematics"

Professor John Wettlaufer

Professor of Applicable Mathematics, Oxford University

A.M. Bateman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Geophysics and Physics, Yale University



Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Community reception
7:00 p.m. Lecture

New England Aquarium
Simons IMAX Theatre
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Register for the event on the NE Aquarium site


John Wettlaufer

Lecture Summary:

To better understand Earth's climate, we seek theories that predict observations regionally and globally, from human to geologic time scales. But what are the relevant observations? And how do we construct useful and realistic theories? We grapple with these questions by creating a mathematical observatory and focusing its telescopes on Arctic ice and climate.





John Wettlaufer is Professor of Applicable Mathematics at Oxford and the A.M. Bateman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Geophysics and Physics at Yale. He is one of the world's leading authorities on the physics of ice and its role in climate. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Guggenheim Fellow, he has held visiting appointments at Cambridge University and the Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics in Stockholm.


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