Houghton Lectures

Supported through the Houghton Fund, Houghton Lecturers are distinguished visitors from outside MIT who we invite to spend a period of time, ranging from a week to several months as scientists-in-residence within our Program. During their stay it is customary for each lecturer to offer a short-course or a series of lectures on some topic of wide interest. Houghton Lecturer recommendations are welcome throughout the year. Contact Raffaele Ferrari with your suggestions.

Further information is available on The History of the Houghton Lectures.

 

Houghton Lecture Archives


Archived Events

December 8 2016
Houghton Lecture - Chris Bretherton (Univ. of Washington) 54-915 | 2pm-3pm Ultraparameterization: Using large eddy simulation for global simulation of boundary layer clouds and climate
November 17 2016
Houghton Lecture - Chris Bretherton (Univ. of Washington) 54-915 | 2pm-3pm Insights from high-resolution simulation of cloud feedbacks
November 3 2016
Houghton Lecture - Chris Bretherton (Univ. of Washington) 54-915 | 2pm-3pm Humidity-cloud-precipitation feedbacks and convective organization
October 28 2016
Houghton Lecture - Corrine Le Quere 54-915 | 9am-10am Reaching net zero carbon balance in the 21st Century. The Paris Agreement on climate change has an ambition of balancing the global emissions and sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this...
October 21 2016
Houghton Lecture - Corrine Le Quere 54-915 | 9am-10am Potential and risks of Carbon Geoengineerin. Multiple options have been proposed to deliberately enhance the storage of carbon in natural reservoirs, and thus reduce the magnitude of climate change ...
October 14 2016
Houghton Lecture - Corrine Le Quere 54-915 | 9am-10am Marine ecosystems and ocean acidification. The ocean holds 50 times more carbon than the atmosphere. Because of its large buffer capacity, the ocean will eventually absorb 60 to 85% of the carbon di...
October 7 2016
Houghton Lecture - Corrine Le Quere 54-915 | 9am-10am The contemporary global carbon budget. The global carbon cycle plays a key role in regulating climate and climate change. Natural reservoirs on land and in the ocean hold large quantities of carbon, ...
June 3 2015
Houghton Lecture - Tropical variability observed in GPS data MIT, 54-915 | 1pm-2pm Dr. William Randel Senior Scientist and Head for Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, NCAR The global upper troposphere - lower stratosphere (UTLS) is a transit...
June 1 2015
Houghton Lecture - Tropical tropopause layer MIT, 54-915 | 11am-12pm Dr. William Randel Senior Scientist and Head for Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, NCAR The global upper troposphere - lower stratosphere (UTLS) is a transit...
May 28 2015
Houghton Lecture - Stratopheric water vapor MIT, 54-915 | 11am-12pm Dr. William Randel Senior Scientist and Head for Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, NCAR The global upper troposphere - lower stratosphere (UTLS) is a transit...
May 26 2015
Houghton Lecture - Asian monsoon anticyclone MIT, 54-915 | 11am-12pm Dr. William Randel Senior Scientist and Head for Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, NCAR The global upper troposphere - lower stratosphere (UTLS) is a transit...
May 21 2015
Houghton Lecture - Stratospheric Temperature Trends MIT, 54-915 | 11am-12pm Dr. William Randel Senior Scientist and Head for Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, NCAR The global upper troposphere - lower stratosphere (UTLS) is a transit...
May 19 2015
Houghton Lecture - Overview and Global Circulation MIT, 54-915 | 11am-12pm Dr. William Randel Senior Scientist and Head for Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, NCAR The global upper troposphere - lower stratosphere (UTLS) is a transit...
May 8 2015
Houghton Lecture - Quantifying climate forcings and feedbacks in coupled climate simulations of the last millennium. MIT, 54-915 | 2pm-3pm David Battisti Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Univ. of Washington
May 1 2015
Houghton Lecture - Meridional Energy Transport in the Climate System. MIT, 54-915 | 2pm-3pm David Battisti Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Univ. of Washington
October 29 2014
Gabriel Vecchi - Global High-Resolution Coupled Modeling: Response of Tropical Cyclones to a Changing Climate MIT, 54-915 | 10am-11am Global climate models at increasingly refined resolutions are being run across the world, and provide unique tools to understand the sensitivity of tropical cyclones to climatic variations and changes...
October 22 2014
Gabriel Vecchi - Seasonal Hurricane Prediction: Towards Regional and High-Intensity Information MIT, 54-915 | 10am-11am Tropical cyclones are a major hazard and an energetic element of the climate system. There are thus both societal and scientific drivers to understand and predict the year-to-year variations of tropic...
October 15 2014
Gabriel Vecchi - Atmospheric Nonlinearity in El Nino MIT, 54-915 | 10am-11am The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon is the largest mode of year-to-year variability in the climate system, involving large redistribution of rainfall and oceanic waters in the tropical ...
February 20 2014
Bjorn Stevens - Aerosol Forcing – Last Centuries Problem MIT, 54-915 | 4pm-5pm Since its inception, modern climate science has accepted the fact that the aerosol is one of the climate systems most important and uncertain forcings. In the 1970s it was argued that the radiative ...
February 14 2014
Bjorn Stevens - Lower Tropospheric Mixing II (Chalk board talk) MIT, 54-915 | 2pm-3pm The role of temperature on the distribution of water, and hence the efficiency of mixing, is reviewed with an attempt to better understand and constrain feedbacks on radiative forcing associated with ...
February 7 2014
Bjorn Stevens - Lower Tropospheric Mixing I (Chalk board talk) MIT, 54-915 | 2pm-3pm Water plays a very important role in driving mixing in the lower atmosphere. In this lecture we briefly review basic concepts in moist thermodynamics and outline the role of water in turbulent mixing...
February 6 2014
Bjorn Stevens - Atmospheric Water - The Climate System's Most Masterful and Magical Molecule MIT, 32-124 | 4pm-5pm Understanding of water, a deceptively simple molecule with an unusual appetite for infrared radiation, provides the foundation for much of what we know about climate, and climate change. Understandin...
January 24 2013
Houghton Lecture - Joe Lacasce, Univ. of Oslo, Norway (4 of 4) 54-915 | 12pm-1pm In Defense of Using Linear Models to Understand Ocean Circulation more information
January 22 2013
Houghton Lecture - Joe Lacasce, Univ. of Oslo, Norway (3 of 4) 24-411 | 12pm-1pm A Short Course on Lagrangian Mixing (last of 3) more information
January 17 2013
Houghton Lecture - Joe Lacasce, Univ. of Oslo, Norway (2 of 4) 24-411 | 12pm-1pm A Short Course on Lagrangian Mixing (second of 3) more information
January 15 2013
Houghton Lecture - Joe Lacasce, Univ. of Oslo, Norway (1 of 4) 24-411 | 12pm-1pm A Short Course on Lagrangian Mixing (first of 3) more information
November 6 2012
Leo Kadanoff - Perimeter Institute, U. Chicago 54-915 | 4pm-5pm The Lorenz Center and the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate at MIT present the third of three 2012 Houghton Lectures by Leo P. Kadanoff, University of Chicago Perimeter Institute Little Wor...
May 3 2012
Houghton Lecture - Leo P. Kadanoff, Perimeter Inst/ U. Chicago 54-915 | 4pm-5pm Small Programs, Big Ideas: In Praise of “Little Science”. This talk is about deep ideas and how they might be realized using only the simplest of means. It is particularly aimed at computer simulati...
April 27 2012
Houghton Lecture - Leo P. Kadanoff, Perimeter Inst./ U. Chicago 54-915 | 2pm-3pm Making a Splash; Breaking a Neck: The Development of Complexity in Physical Systems. The fundamental laws of physics are very simple; but the world about us is very complex. Living things are very co...
September 22 2011
Houghton Lecture - Susan Solomon, CIRES/ University of Colorado at Boulder MIT Bartos Theater, E15 - Atrium Level | 12pm-1pm Lecture 2 (of 2) `Surprises in Radiative Forcing: What Chemicals Are Changing Our Climate?'
September 20 2011
Houghton Lecture - Susan Solomon, CIRES/ University of Colorado at Boulder MIT Bartos Theater, E15 - Atrium Level | 3pm-4pm Lecture 1 (of 2) 'Thoughts on Some Factors That Led Up to the Signing of the Montreal Protocol to Protect the Ozone Layer' (joint with 12.846). RECEPTION immediatlely following in 54-923 Nb. Susan ...
November 19 2010
Houghton Lecture: Lance Bosart 54-1615 | 4pm-5pm Map discussion of current weather "refreshments served"
November 12 2010
Houghton Lecture: Lance Bosart 54-1615 | 4pm-5pm Map discussion of current weather "refreshments served"
October 22 2010
Tapio Schneider: Houghton Lecture V 32-155 | 12pm-1pm Generation of Superrotation in Planetary Atmospheres
October 20 2010
Tapio Schneider - Houghton Lecture IV 2-105 | 12pm-1pm Angular Momentum Constraints on the Deep Dynamics of Giant Planets
October 15 2010
Tapio Schneider: Houghton Lecture III 32-155 | 12pm-1pm Titan's Hadley Circulation and Methane Cycle and How They Shape its Cloud and Lake Distribution
October 12 2010
Mass Seminar - Tapio Schneider (CalTech) 54-100 | 12pm-1pm Lecture 2: Title "Eddy and Ocean Influences on Hadley Circulations and the Quest for a New Theory"
October 8 2010
Tapio Schneider: Houghton Lecture I 32-155 | 12pm-1pm Fall 2010 Houghton Lecturer Tapio Schneider (Caltech) presents his first lecture: "Classical Hadley Circulation Theories and Their Shortcomings"
July 13 2010
Houghton Lecture Series "Marina Levy" 54-1615 | 10am-11am Marina Levy of LOCEAN-IPSL, Paris France Two lectures on "Interaction of Dynamics and Biogeochemistry on the Ocean's Mesoscale/Submesoscale"
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