Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Wednesday November 11, 2015 4:00 PM

The Physics of Atmospheric Instability, Lightning, and Global Warming

Speaker: David Romps, Department of Earth and Planetary Science , UC Berkeley
Location: South Mudd 365

The Earth's atmosphere is a rich source of unsolved problems in fluid dynamics, many of which are directly relevant to our daily experience.  This richness stems from the presence of water, which interacts with radiation and thermodynamics in ways that fundamentally alter the nature of the atmosphere.  As a consequence, there are many basic questions about the atmosphere that remain unsolved, such as: what sets the speed of updrafts in storms?  Although this question remains unanswered, progress has recently been made on many related topics.  In this talk, I will give an overview of the progress from the last two years on the development of theories for relative humidity, convective instability, lightning, severe weather, and their responses to global warming.

Series Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Contact: Kathy Young at 626-395-8732 katyoung@gps.caltech.edu