MIT Celebrates the Science of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz

Born 100 years ago, MIT professors Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz profoundly shaped the field of meteorology during their lifetimes. Charney laid the groundwork for numerical weather prediction and saw it transform nearly every aspect of the field, while Lorenz changed our conception of weather from deterministic phenomena to chaos.

On February 1st and 2nd, 2018 the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, the Lorenz Center and the Houghton Fund hosted a scientific symposium featuring presentations by colleagues from across MIT and the scientific community as part of the Centenary Celebration of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz.

MIT on Chaos and Climate
A Symposium Celebrating the Lives and Scientific Legacies of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz

Opening Keynote — Basic Research: the Lifeblood of a Successful Society
Ernest Moniz | Cecil and Ida Green Professor Emeritus of Physics and Engineering Systems and Special Advisor to the President, MIT
Co-chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative


LIFE AND SCIENCE OF CHARNEY & LORENZ

Jule Charney as Role Model
Joseph Pedlosky | Emeritus Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Edward N. Lorenz and the End of the Cartesian Universe
Kerry Emanuel | Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, MIT


WEATHER & CLIMATE

From Determinism to Probability in Numerical Weather Prediction
Tim Palmer | Royal Society Research Professor, University of Oxford

Atmospheric Dynamics
Richard Lindzen | Professor Emeritus, MIT

Convective Aggregation, Clouds, and Climate
Allison Wing | Assistant Professor, Florida State University

From Charney’s Hypothesis to Multiple Climate Equilibria in the Sahel
Elfatih Eltahir | Breene M. Kerr Professor of Hydrology and Climate, MIT

Jule Charney and his Influence on Physical Oceanography
Carl Wunsch | Professor Emeritus of Physical Oceanography, MIT

Carbon and Climate
Inez Fung | Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of California, Berkeley


BEYOND EARTH SCIENCE

Experimental Fluid Dynamics
Harry Swinney | Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair and Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Austin

Non-linear Dynamics and Turbulence
Michael Brenner | Michael F. Cronin Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics and Professor of Physics, Harvard University

Chaos and the Solar System
Jack Wisdom | Professor of Planetary Science, MIT

Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs
John Bush | Associate Department Head and Professor of Applied Mathematics, MIT

Fluid Dynamics and Health
Lydia Bourouiba | Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Assistant Professor, MIT

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Biological Population Dynamics
Jeff Gore | Associate Professor of Physics, MIT


PERSPECTIVES

The Legacy of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz
Sir Brian Hoskins | Professor of Meteorology, University of Reading Chair, Grantham Institute, Imperial College, London

Predictably Unpredictable: Charney, Lorenz and the High Value of Basic Research
Panel discussion moderated by Rob van der Hilst | Department Head and Schlumberger Professor, EAPS


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