Thompson Lecture Series
In 1998 ASP established the "Thompson Lecture Series," named in honor of Phil Thompson who founded the Advanced Study Program and was NCAR's first associate director. Under this program, prominent scientists are brought to NCAR for short visits that promote interaction between them and the postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists at NCAR. In addition to presenting formal lectures, the Thompson Lecturers listen to briefings on the research being conducted by ASP Fellows and comment and provide advice on those research projects. They also meet with groups of scientists to discuss some more general topics, provide career advice, and offer their perspectives on scientific trends and priorities.
Second Lecturer of the 2013 Thompson Lecture Series
Dr. Vallis is a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom), and formerly at Princeton University. His research interests span a wide part of geophysical fluid dynamics, from the general circulation of the atmosphere and the ocean to turbulence. He has a deep understanding of both dynamical meteorology and physical oceanography, together with their interactions. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications in refereed journals, a standard graduate text book "Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics" and a broad scientific audience book "Climate and the Oceans". He was the 2013 Ulam Distinguished Scholar at the Los Alamos Center For Nonlinear Studies and has given several distinguished lectures in the past, like the 2008 Victor Starr Lecture at MIT. More info about Dr. Vallis can be found at http://www.princeton.edu/~gkv/.
Wednesday November 20th - Friday November 22th 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:00 a.m. @ Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room
Climate Sensitivity, the General Circulation and Global Warming
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:00 a.m. @ Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium
Mechanisms of Superrotation in Idealized Terrestrial Atmospheres
Group photo with Andrew Dessler
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