IAP 2014

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For Credit Subjects

12.091  MATLAB Bootcamp 
Dan Amhrein, Jaap Nienhuis, Neesha Schnepf

MTWRF Jan 27-31; 02:00-03:30pm, 54-819

Email Vicki McKenna <vsm [at] mit [dot] edu> to register and attend first class. 
Listeners allowed, space permitting 
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F
Graduate students are welcome to attend. 

New to MatLab or have limited experience? This class helps you make the transition from Excel to MATLAB and gets you started with the basics that you'll need to use MATLAB in a class. Course includes: getting MATLAB started on your computer, learning how to start programming, building skills, solving problems. It provides resources for future reference. 

Students develop skills in:

  • plotting and graphics
  • calling matlab functions  
  • I/O dealing with input of data
  • understanding  loops and control of flow
  • writing scripts 
Examples used in the class are motivated by typical applications in the Earth Sciences. Days 4 and 5 will involve working in groups on selected problems. Instructors interact with the groups and answer questions on an individual basis. Students present their code at the end of the class.

Before the first class, please visit this site to download and install MATLAB onto your personal computer/laptop: http://kb.mit.edu/confluence/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=7144438

If you have any trouble installing MATLAB, please email Neesha <nschnepf [at] MIT [dot] EDU>. If you are a Linux user, email Dan <dan [dot] amrhein [at] gmail [dot] com>.

Contact: Vicki McKenna vsm [at] mit [dot] edu

12.093  Delivering Energy at Scale: Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development 
Richard Sears, David Patrick Murphy, and Rob van der Hilst

TWRF Jan 21-24; 01:00-05:00pm, 54-517

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class. 
Listeners allowed, space permitting 
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F

Oil and natural gas provide approximately two-thirds of primary energy today, and will continue to be major sources of energy for several decades. The course will introduce today's energy systems and the state of the art geoscience and engineering approaches necessary to meet current demand. Participants will work in teams, to design and present plans for the development of a multi-billion dollar natural gas project with the potential to supply energy for over three million households. The course will look at how technology, economics, society and sustainability must be balanced to deliver energy efficiently and in a manner that all stakeholders would regard as responsible. 

Contact: Richard Sears, rsears [at] mit [dot] edu

12.099  Exploring Astrobiology: Is There Anything Out There?
Ben Kotrc


12.115 Field Geology
12.481 Advanced Field Geology I
12.482 Advanced Field Geology II
Clark Burchfiel and Oliver Jagoutz

Schedule: Jan. 6 through Jan. 31.  Register for 12.481 if only attending part of this time period. 
Contact Vicki McKenna, vsm [at] mit [dot] edu, to register. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Limited to 20 participants.
No listeners

A suite of classes at varying levels. During the classes students will conduct a geological and geomorphological study of a selected area in the wesern United States. The following term includes: preparation of maps and report based on field study conducted in January; and laboratory analysis of samples.
Fee: $200.00 for Travel

Contact: Clark Burchfiel, x3-7919, bcburch [at] mit [dot] edu

12.141 Electron Microprobe Analysis
Nilanjan Chatterjee 

TR, Jan. 7 and 9; 17 and 16, 54-1221; 1-5 pm

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 6-Jan-2013
Limited to 8 participants.
No listeners
Prereq: —
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F

Introduction to the theory of x-ray microanalysis through the electron microprobe including ZAF matrix corrections. Techniques to be discussed are wavelength and energy dispersive spectrometry, scanning backscattered electron, secondary electron, cathodoluminescence, and x-ray imaging. Lab sessions involve use of the electron microprobe. Offered for undergraduate credit, but persons interested in an in-depth discussion of quantitative x-ray analysis are invited to participate. Students will be required to complete lab exercises to obtain credit. Find required reading at URL.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/e-probe/www/courses.shtml 

Contact: Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee, 54-1216, x3-1995, e-probe-www [at] mit [dot] edu

12.221 Field Geophyiscs
Contact Vicki McKenna to register for the trip on or before Dec. 2.
Dale Morgan    

Schedule: on campus: jan12-15; travel to field location: Jan. 16-25, on campus: Jan. 27-31

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS. 
Enter lottery by: 2-Dec-2013 
No listeners 
Prereq: — 
Level: U 6 units P/D/F graded

Practical methods of modern geophysics including the Global Positioning System (GPS), gravity, and magnetics. Field work is conducted in western US and includes intensive 10-day field exercise. Focus is on measurement techniques and their interpretation. Introduction to the science of gravity, magnetics, and the GPS. Measure of crustal structure, fault motions, tectonic deformations, and the local gravity and magnetic fields. Students perform high-precision measurements and participate in data analysis. Emphasis on the principles of geophysical data collection and the relevance of these data for tectonic faulting, crustal structure, and the dynamics of the earthquake cycle. Field trip travel is planned for Jan 16-25, preceding and following days will involve introduction to field techniques and data analysis. Contact

Contact Vicki McKenna to register for the trip on or before Dec. 2.
Contact: Vicki McKenna, 54-910, x3-3380, vsm [at] mit [dot] edu

12.310  An Introduction to Weather Forecasting
Lodovica Illari

Dates MWF, Jan. 13-Jan. 31; 01:30-03:00 pm, 54-915

Limited to 50 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq: 8.01, 18.01
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F

Basic principles of synoptic meteorology and weather forecasting. Analysis of hourly weather data and numerical weather prediction models. Regular preparation of weather forecasts.
Guest lecture by local TV meteorologist.
Web: http://www-paoc.mit.edu/synoptic/courses/12.310/12310.htm

Contact: Lodovica Illari, 54-1612, x3-2286, illari [at] mit [dot] edu

12.411 Astronomy Field Camp
12.611 Astronomy Field Camp 
Amanda Bosh

Schedule: Jan 5-25, 2014

Prereq:  12.410j/8.287
Limited to 6 participants
Level:  9 units, graded P/D/F
Fee:  $200.00 for travel
Do not pre-register on WebSIS. Contact Dr. Amanda Bosh for application asbosh [at] MIT [dot] EDU.
Enter lottery by: Oct. 30, 2013

Astronomy field camp at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Students will participate in astronomical research with astronomers at Lowell Obs. Topics will vary by year. This class includes tours of local astronomical facilities and discussions with local astronomers. Students will present results of their research at the Lowell Obs. colloquium series at the end of the class. Priority will be given to declared Course 12 and Course 8 Majors, Astronomy Minors, Seniors, Juniors, and by date of class registration. Final enrollment decisions are made by the Instructor.

Contact: Amanada Bosh, asbosh [at] mit [dot] edu

Non-Credit Activities

2014 EAPS Lecture Series: Monsoons: Past Changes, Present Impacts, Future Projections
Series organizer: David McGee

Noon-1pm; 54-915

Seasonally reversing atmospheric circulations known as monsoons determine the intensity and seasonality of precipitation throughout the tropics. Monsoon rains supply water for approximately two-thirds of the world's population, govern the distribution of tropical ecosystems and agriculture, and drive continental weathering in low latitudes; as a result, monsoon variability has wide-ranging impacts on human society and natural systems.

This January, EAPS' IAP seminar will explore the magnitude, drivers and impacts of changes in monsoon precipitation in the past, present and future. Featured speakers will share their research into a diverse array of topics, including past abrupt changes in the African monsoon, the role of monsoon changes in the collapse of Mayan civilization, the dynamics of monsoon-associated cyclones, and the impacts of present and future monsoon changes on societies in the Sahel region of North Africa

  • Jan. 13 An introduction to monsoons
                Paul O'Gorman, MIT
  • Jan. 15 Potential impacts of anthropogenic aerosols on the monsoons
                Chien Wang, MIT
  • Jan. 17 Monsoon cyclones: the dynamics of high-impact storms at the edge of the Tropics
                Bill Boos, Yale University
  • Jan. 22 Glacial-Holocene shifts in the Atlantic ITCZ, North African climate, and culture
                Peter deMenocal, LDEO/Columbia University
  • Jan. 24 Re-interpreting the influence of the oceans on Sahelian climate, from daily to multi-decadal time scales
               Alessandra Giannini, IRI/LDEO
  • Jan. 27 Hazard prediction in the developing world: Tales of efforts to span the "Valley of Death"
                Peter Webster, Georgia Tech.
  • Jan. 28 Towards a general theory of monsoon dynamics   in room 54-819
                Peter Webster, Georgia Tech.
  • Jan. 30 Fundamental monsoon dynamics: Aquaplanet monsoons and their response to climate changes
                Simona Bordoni, CalTech
  • Jan. 31 Synoptic view of past climates in the Yucatan Peninsula and the fate of the ancient Maya Kingdom
                Martin Medina, Amherst College

Contact Vicki McKenna, vsm [at] mit [dot] edu 

Electron Microprobe Analysis on JEOL JXA-8200 Superprobe
Nilanjan Chatterjee

Friday, Jan. 10, 1-3pm, 54-1221

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

This session is to introduce new users to the JEOL JXA-8200 Superprobe. You will have hands-on experience (if time permits) on our electron microprobe equipped with enhanced imaging capabilities and learn about wavelength and energy dispersive spectrometry, back-scattered electron, secondary electron, cathodoluminescence, and elemental X-ray imaging. 
Contact: Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee, 54-1216, x3-1995, nchat [at] mit [dot] edu

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