The SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science (SCiCS) meets on select Thursday afternoons, during the academic year, from 2:45-3:45 p.m. ET.


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Fall 2020 seminars will take place via Zoom.

Coordinator: Lorenzo Polvani


9/12/2019: Rick Russotto, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
"Responses of the Climate to Solar Geoengineering As Simulated by Reducing the Solar Constant"

9/19/19: Valentina Aquila, American University
"Climate impacts of the Mount Pinatubo eruption: from the stratosphere to the troposphere"

9/26/19, Amy Clement, University of Miami
"The Causes of Atlantic Climate Variability"

10/3/19: Mitch Bushuk, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton
"Arctic Sea Ice Predictability in a Changing Cryosphere"

10/17/19: Noah Brenowitz, Vulcan Inc.
"Coupling Neural Networks to GCMs"

10/21/19: Joint NASA GISS Lunch Seminar / SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science (SCiCS)
Sebastian Milinski, Max Planck Institut für Meteorologie
"Internal variability in a changing climate—a large ensemble perspective on tropical Atlantic rainfall"

10/24/19: Laure Zanna, University of Oxford / Courant Institute, NYU
"What controls the rate the ocean heat uptake in transient climate change?"

11/14/19: Kai Kornhuber, Earth Institute, Columbia University
"Rossby Wave dynamics and simultaneous weather extremes"

1/30/2020: Stephan Fueglistaler, Princeton University
"The peculiar trajectory of global warming"

2/6/20: Aman Gupta, Courant Institute, NYU
"Assessing Stratospheric Transport in Atmospheric General Circulation Models using Age of Air"

2/ 13/2020: David Raymond, New Mexico Tech
"Emergent Properties of Deep Convective Ensembles in OTREC"


Lorenzo Polvani & Rei Chemke, Coordinators

9/27/18: Oliver Watt-Meyer, University of Washington
“Extratropical circulation response to warming: role of cloud radiative effects and ITCZ width changes”

10/4/18: Tom Beucler MIT
“Interaction between water vapor, radiation and convection in the Tropics”

10/11/18: Kelly Hereid, Chubb Insurance
“Outstanding Problems in Catastrophe Modeling”

10/25/18: Malte Jansen, University of Chicago
“Understanding the Deep Ocean’s Response to Global Temperature Change on Time Scales from Decades to Millennia”

11/1/18: Kuni Inoue, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
“New Diagnostic Applications of Fourier Analyses to the Assessments of Tropical Waves: Assessments of Vertical Velocity Profiles and Moist Static Energy Budgets”

11/8/18: Sandra Yuter, North Carolina State University
“Abrupt cloud clearing of marine stratocumulus in the subtropical southeast Atlantic”

11/15/18: Paul Kushner, University of Toronto
“Probing the drivers of the Northern Hemispheric response to Arctic sea ice loss”

12/6/18: Stephan Rasp, Ludwig-Maximilians University
“Machine learning to represent atmospheric sub-grid processes”

12/20/18: Gregory Elsaesser, NASA GISS
“New Process-Oriented Metrics for Guiding Convective Parameterization Development in the NASA GISS GCM”

2/14/19: Yohai Kaspi, Weizmann Institute of Science
“Atmospheric dynamics of Jupiter and Saturn in light of the Juno and Cassini gravity measurements”

3/7/19: Sukyoung Lee, Penn State University
“Relation between Arctic moisture flux and tropical temperature biases in CMIP5 simulations and its fingerprint in RCP8.5 projections”

3/14/19: Christina Karamperidou, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
“Multi-resolution and hierarchical approaches to ENSO diversity in past, present, and future climates”

4/4/19 Janni Yuval, MIT
“Eddy activity response to projected temperature changes and the Pacific seasonal cycle”

4/11/19: Chris Forest, Penn State University
“Characterizing Uncertainty in Climate Change: from global to local scales”

4/25/19: Sylvia Sullivan, Columbia University
“Changes to tropical organized convection and its precipitation with El Niño”

6/27/19: Vishal Vasan Meteo France, Toulouse
“Is atmospheric convection organized? Information entropy analysis”

6/27/19: Jun-ichi Yano, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru
“A probabilistic model to detect spatio-temporal patterns in the Indian summer monsoon rainfall”