Join us at the Lorenz Center of MIT's annual John Carlson Lecture Series, as Timothy Palmer of Oxford University presents Predicting Climate in a Chaotic World - How Certain Can We Be? The Lorenz Center was founded in honor of MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz, whose pioneering experiments in chaos theory in weather systems were famously (amongst math geeks anyway) presented to the lay public in James Gleick's book, Chaos. Timothy Palmer today carries on the late Lorenz' tradition as a leading expert on the dynamics and predictability of weather and climate.
The lecture starts at 7:00. We will meet outside the IMAX theater around 6:30, then go on inside to get seats as soon as it looks like it's filling up.
Afterwards, we will head over to Zuma's in Faneuil Hall for Mexican food, drinks, and discussion.
Once again, the RSVP limit is for the restaurant event. If you're interested in attending the lecture only, it's free and open to the public, so no need to RSVP - just stop on by (but please leave a comment so folks know you're coming).
Hope to see you there :)
From the MIT website:
Edward Lorenz's pioneering work on systems whose evolution is unpredictable and chaotic was motivated by a skepticism about the use of statistical models to predict next month's weather. And yet, on the web and elsewhere, one can find predictions not only of next month's weather, but also of the human effect on long-term climate. Can we have any confidence at all in long-range predictions of weather? And should we believe these estimates of human-induced climate change? Or is the whole notion of predicting long-term changes in climate misguided and unscientific?
Biography: Palmer is the Royal Society Professor of Climate Physics at Oxford University and a world expert on the the dynamics and predictability of weather and climate. He has pioneered the development of probabilistic forecast techniques for both weather and climate prediction. These techniques are now used routinely in operational centers around the world. Palmer is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and has won both their Jule G. Charney and Carl-Gustaf Rossby Medals.