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http://www.lindecenter.caltech.edu

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Workshop: Towards Addressing Major Gaps in the Global Methane Budget
May 22 - 25, 2017
http://workshop.caltech.edu/methane/index.html

The Linde Center for Global Environmental Science at Caltech is hosting a workshop, "Towards Addressing Major Gaps in the Global Methane Budget " at the Keck Center on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA on May 22 - May 25, 2017.

In addition to this invitation-only workshop, there will be a short course and a lecture - both of which are available to all interested students, researchers and faculty in the Southern California area.

After a continuous increase in global methane abundances up until the early 21st century, the atmosphere experienced a period of stagnation from 2000-2006, followed by a renewed and still ongoing increase on the global scale. What is driving these decadal trends and inter-annual variations on the global scale? For both the stagnation and renewed increase, multiple explanations have been proposed, which partially contradict each other in several ways but are not necessarily falsifiable with current observations. Within this workshop, we want to discuss different scenarios and their plausibilities as well as necessary additional observations to resolve the ambiguities in the interpretation of the global methane budget. Towards this goal, we would like to dedicate specific discussion times on key topics related to the global budget.

Workshop Co-Lead - Christian Frankenberg, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at California Institute of Technology
http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~cfranken/index.html

Workshop Co-Lead - Eric Kort, Assistant Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at University of Michigan
http://clasp-research.engin.umich.edu/faculty/kort/
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Workshop: Rationalizing the Allocation of California Water
April 19 - 21, 2016
http://workshop.caltech.edu/caH2O/index.html

The Linde Center for Global Environmental Science at Caltech hosted a workshop, "Rationalizing the Allocation of California Water" at the Keck Center on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.

Background: California is in the midst of an historic drought, now the worst in recorded history. It has not been managed well. Reservoirs are drying up. Crops are wilting in the fields. For the first time ever, towns and cities will face a mandatory 25 percent cut in their water use. Even those holding the oldest rights are facing cutbacks. That is the short-term problem. But there is a long-term problem faced by California and much of the rest of the world –- how to manage a complex water system that is increasingly under pressure.

Designed piecemeal over the last century, going back to a time when Los Angeles had one-sixth its current population, California's system for managing water doesn't just make it tough to deal with shortages — in some ways, it encourages inefficiencies and waste. But even if one were free to design a new system, achieving sensible ground water management would be a complex undertaking due to a variety of reasons: the current over prescription of use, interaction between surface and ground water, variability of climate, need for an extensive monitoring and enforcement system, ownership views of overlying users, the amount of cooperation needed on regional scales, etc.

How should one design and implement a new system for water management? This is partly a climate issue, partly an engineering issue, partly an economic issue, and partly a political issue. It requires co-ordination across a number of disciplines.

Workshop Focus:

This workshop brought together scientists who were actively working on the issues associated with Water in California: from diverse disciplines such as climate, infrastructure, markets, and politics. A primary goal of the workshop was to connect recent advances in these different communities to build a more comprehensive understanding of the California water crisis and possible solutions.


Workshop Co-Lead
John Hall
California Institute of Technology

Workshop Co-Lead
John Ledyard
California Institute of Technology

Workshop Co-Lead
Paul Wennberg
California Institute of Technology

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Workshop: Monsoons - Past, Present and Future
May 18 - 22, 2015
http://workshop.caltech.edu/monsoon/workshop.html

The Linde Center for Global Environmental Science at Caltech hosted a workshop, "Monsoons: Past, Present and Future" at the Keck Center on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.

In addition to this invitation-only workshop, there was a short course (May 18) and a lecture (May 20) - both of which were available to all interested students, researchers and faculty in the Southern California area.

Most of the Earth's precipitation falls in the tropics, and the fundamental controls of the spatial and temporal distribution of tropical precipitation over monsoon regions and in oceanic convergence zones remain debated. Monsoons have a large impact on society: they affect the water supply of densely populated countries and rapidly growing economies. With projected increases in population and pressure for food and water security, understanding how anthropogenic climate change will affect monsoons is both a priority and a major challenge in climate science, given the highly uncertain future monsoon projections.

This workshop brought together scientists from diverse disciplines who were actively working on paleo-reconstructions, observations, modeling and theories of monsoons. A primary goal of the workshop was to connect recent advances in these different communities to build a more comprehensive understanding of monsoons and their responses to perturbations across time scales.


Workshop Lead - Simona Bordoni, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at California Institute of Technology

Workshop Co-Lead - Tim Merlis, Assistant Professor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University
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Workshop: Southern Ocean Dynamics and Biogeochemistry
February 2 - 5, 2015
http://workshop.caltech.edu/socean/workshop.html

The Linde Center for Global Environmental Science at Caltech hosted a workshop, "Southern Ocean Dynamics and Biogeochemistry" at the Keck Center on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.

The purpose of this workshop was to bring together scientists from diverse disciplines who were actively working at the intersection of fluid dynamics and biogeochemistry with a focus on the Southern Ocean. Advances on this topic are expected to accelerate as numerical models extend to higher resolutions, novel observational tools including autonomous vehicles and Bio-Argo floats are deployed and data arising from a number of intensive field programs become available. The meeting summarized our current understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes critical to governing Southern Ocean circulation and marine ecosystems, and identified key open questions where collaboration across multiple disciplines was needed.

Workshop Chair - Andrew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at California Institute of Technology (http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~andrewt/index.html)

Workshop Co-Chair - Nicolas Cassar, Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry at Duke University (https://sites.duke.edu/cassar/)
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