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


Seminars meet in room 214 Mudd on Thursdays, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. Coordinators: Professor Lorenzo Polvani and Professor Adam Sobel

September 21, 2023
2:45 PM, 214 Mudd
John Scinocca, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, University of Victoria
"Empirical Runtime Bias Correction of Climate Models"

September 28, 2023
2:45 PM, 214 Mudd
Jiang Zhu, NCAR
"Constraining Model Climate Sensitivity through Simulation of Past Extreme Climates"

October 12, 2023
2:45 PM, 214 Mudd
David Thompson, Colorado State University
"Understanding two key aspects of surface temperature variability"

Monday, October 16, 2023 - special date and time
11:00 AM, 214 Mudd
Jonathan Gregory, University of Reading, UK
"A new conceptual model of transient climate response and global ocean heat uptake"

Thursday, October 26, 2023
2:45 PM, 214 Mudd
Philip Tuckman, MIT
"The Monsoon’s Impact on ENSO Seasonality"

November 2, 2023
2:45 PM, 214 Mudd
Tim Cronin, MIT
"Using simple models to understand hurricane dynamics"

January 25, 2024
Laure Zanna, NYU
"Bridging the gap between understanding and simulating ocean warming" 

February 15, 2024
2:45 PM, 214 Mudd
Andrew Williams, Princeton University
 "A robust constraint on the response of convective mass fluxes to warming"

February 22, 2024
2:45 PM, 214 Mudd
Xiaomeng Jin, Rutgers University
"Observing the air quality impacts of wildfires from space"

March 28, 2024
2:45 PM, 214 Mudd
Paul Newman, NASA GSFC, Maryland
“The Spring Breakup of the Antarctic Ozone Hole”

April 11, 2024
2:45 PM, 214 Mudd
Kevin Grise, University of Virginia
"Understanding the two-way interactions between cloud radiative effects and the midlatitude storm tracks"


Seminars meet in room 214 Mudd on Thursdays, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted). At this time, in-person seminars are only open to CU-ID holders.

Coordinators: Professor Lorenzo Polvani and Professor Adam Sobel

September 29, 2022
Aditi Sheshadri, Stanford University
"Towards an improved understanding and representation of atmospheric gravity waves"

October 5, 2022
Special SEAS/GISS Colloquium in Climate Science
1:30 PM, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Armstrong, 2880 Broadway
Ewa Bednarz, Cornell University
"Impacts of geoengineering using stratospheric aerosol injection on the stratospheric and tropospheric climate"

October 6, 2022
Jonah Bloch-Johnson, University of Reading, UK
"Simple models of nonlinear climate change"

November 10, 2022
Aaron Match, NYU
"Understanding the ozone response to global warming"

November 17, 2022
Xiyue (Sally) Zhang, Johns Hopkins University
"Global impacts of observed Southern Ocean surface temperature variability"

December 8, 2022
Florian Roemer, Universität Hamburg
"Using satellite observations to spectrally resolve Earth’s radiative response to warming"

February 2, 2023
Juliana Dias, NOAA/Boulder
"Are equatorial waves a practical source of deterministic sub-seasonal predictive skill?"

February 23, 2023
Nick Lutsko, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
"The Physics of Extreme Heat Events"

March 2, 2023
Haozhe He, University of Miami
"State-dependence of CO2 Forcing and its Implications for Climate Sensitivity"

March 23, 2023
Daehyun Kim, University of Washington
"Deep learning reveals moisture as the primary predictability source of MJO"

April 13, 2023
Margot Clyne, University of Colorado Boulder
"Volcanic eruptions in Global Climate Models"

May 16, 2023
11:00 AM, 210 Mudd
Simona Meiler, ETH Zurich
"Unraveling unknowns of future tropical cyclone risks"

July 31, 2023
11:00 AM, 214 Mudd
Maria Rugenstein, Colorado State University
"The relevance of the pattern effect for current model performance and near-term projections"

August 3, 2023
1:45 PM, 214 Mudd
Rei Chemke, Weizmann Institute of Science
"Human influence on the large-scale atmospheric flow in recent decades"


Seminars meet in room 214 Mudd on Thursdays, from 2:45-3:45 PM. At this time, in-person seminars are only open to CU-ID holders.

Coordinators: Professor Lorenzo Polvani and Professor Adam Sobel

Yuan-Jen Lin, National Taiwan University 
"Understanding changing ocean circulation and its role in modifying climate sensitivity"

Isaac Held, NOAA GFDL/Princeton
"Kelvin-Rossby instability and superrotation in Earth-like atmospheres"


No seminars were scheduled during this academic year


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”


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