Physics Department Seminar

Date: Thu. 19 Feb, 2015 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Location: Workman Center

Dr. Patrick Haertel of Yale University is the guest speaker for the Physics Department seminar. His talk is titled "Impacts of a Changing Madden Julian Oscillation: A Potential X-Factor for Climate." The Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) is a planetary scale weather disturbance that causes a region of enhanced rainfall that propagates slowly eastward from the equatorial Indian Ocean to just east of the International Date Line. When active, the MJO causes global wind perturbations, modulates tropical cyclone activity in every basin, and affects the onsets of Asian and Australian monsoons. A novel Lagrangian atmospheric model suggests that the MJO will continue to intensify as the oceans warm over the next century, with potentially significant impacts on wind patterns in the tropics, locations of monsoon depression formation, and possibly the El Nino Southern Oscillation as well. 4 p.m. in Workman 101.

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