Aquarium's Free Lecture Series
7:00 pm Thu, Oct 10, 2013
Venue: Simons IMAX Theatre, New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
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Sea Ice, Climate and Observational Mathematics MIT Lorenz Center Lecture Professor John Wettlaufer, A.M. Bateman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Geophysics and Physics, Yale University and Professor of Applicable Mathematics, Oxford University The New England Aquarium is pleased to welcome the Lorenz Center's 3rd Annual John Carlson Lecture to the Simons IMAX Theatre. Understanding and predicting global climate change may be one of the most complex scientific challenges we face today. MIT 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. To better understand this intricate system, 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? This year's lecturer, John Wettlaufer, has grappled with these questions by creating a mathematical observatory and focusing its telescopes on Arctic ice and climate. He is one of the world's leading authorities on the physics of ice and its role in climate.