Jake Seeley (Harvard)

Jake Seeley (Harvard)
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Climate sensitivity and convective dynamics of super-warm atmospheres              

Super-warm climates are part of Earth's past and future, but little is known about how the atmosphere behaves in such climates. One distinguishing characteristic of super-warm climates is that the "water vapor window" — the gap in H2O infrared absorption through which Earth's surface can, at present, see directly to space — is closed off. In this talk, I discuss some of the surprising effects of a closed water vapor window on the stability of the climate system and the behavior of clouds and rainstorms.  

About this Series:

The PAOC Colloquium [PAOCC] is a weekly interdisciplinary seminar series that brings together the whole PAOC community. Seminar topics include all research concerning the physics, chemistry, and biology of the atmospheres, oceans and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars take place on Monday from 12-1pm. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. Contact: paoc-colloquium-comm@mit.edu.