LPL Colloquium: Dr. Geoff Vallis

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012
3:45 pm
Location: Kuiper Space Sciences
Room: 308

Dr. Geoff Vallis
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program
Princeton University

"Dynamics of the Ocean and Atmosphere on the Most Interesting Planet of All"

The driving of a planetary atmosphere is usually thermal. However, if the fluid is opaque to solar radiation, as with Earth's ocean, then the heating and cooling only occurs at the top of the fluid and the thermal forcing is very inefficient. On Earth the deep ocean would be virtually stagnant without wind forcing. We'll discuss these issues and offer a new, quantitative, semi-analytic theory for the deep circulation of the ocean.

Host: Adam Showman