PAOC Spotlights

IAP 2012

Tue January 3rd, 2012


For-credit offerings:

12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting
Lodovica Illari Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30, Feb. 1, 3; 1:30-3:00pm, 54-915

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class. 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.

Contact: Lodovica Illari, 54-1612, x3-2286,


Not for-credit OFFERINGS:

2012 EAPS IAP Lectured Seeries: From Measurements to Models in the Earth System
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up

Participants welcome at individual sessions.

Dan Cziczo hosts the 2012 EAPS IAP Lecture Series. This year's EAPS IAP Lecture Series, hosted by Dan Cziczo, highlights the synergy of field work, laboratory studies and modeling required to improving our understanding of the Earth. The series features talks in the areas of atmospheric, oceanic and geological processes. Members of the EAPS community and select external speakers will cover topics in each area from the perspective of field, laboratory and modeling studies. 

Lectures will be held in 54-915 between 12 noon and 1.00pm.

Atmospheric Field Studies
Prof. Mark Zondlo, Princeton University
Mon Jan 9

Atmospheric Model Studies
Prof. Colette Heald, MIT, Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Wed Jan 11

Atmospheric Lab Studies 
Prof. Jesse Kroll, MIT, Chemical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fri Jan 13

Geology Model Studies
Mr. Terry Blackburn, MIT, EAPS
Mon Jan 23

Geology Lab Studies: A day at the plastic beach: Defects and disequilibrium inwave-generated sand ripples
Prof. Taylor Perron, MIT, EAPS
Wed Jan 25
Sand ripples generated by water waves have been studied for many years, yet we know surprisingly little about how these patterns adjust as waves change. I will present laboratory wave tank experiments that reveal the meaning of irregularities, or “defects,” in wave ripples that have been observed in modern environments and in the rock record. I will also present a simplified model that captures some of the main adjustment mechanisms of wave ripples without directly simulating the wave-driven flow.

Geology Field Studies: Origin of sulphide deposits at Sudbury using laser ablation time of flight or laser ablation multicollector ICPMS
Prof. Jacob Hanley, St. Mary's University, Geology
Fri Jan 27

Oceanic Field Studies: Tracing Pb sources into the marine environment by isotopic event fingerprinting
Prof. Ed Boyle, MIT, EAPS
Mon Jan 30

Oceanic Lab Studies:
Dr Jeff Seewald, WHOI, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
Wed Feb 1

Oceanic Model Studies:
Dr. Scott Doney, WHOI, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
Fri Feb 3