Lowell Lecture

3rd Annual John Carlson Lecture: Sea Ice, Climate and Observational Mathematics

Date & Time

Oct. 10, 2013


IMAX Theater at New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Driving Directions


Professor John Wettlaufer, A.M. Bateman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Geophysics and Physics, Yale University and Professor of Applicable Mathematics, Oxford University

Presenting Organization

New England Aquarium



The New England Aquarium is pleased to welcome the Lorenz Center's 3rd Annual John Carlson Lecture to the Simons IMAX Theatre. Understanding and predicting global climate change may be one of the most complex scientific challenges we face today. MIT recently launched the Lorenz Center, a new climate think tank devoted to fundamental inquiry. By emphasizing curiosity-driven research, the Center fosters creative approaches to learning how climate works. To better understand this intricate system, we seek theories that predict observations regionally and globally, from human to geologic time scales. But what are the relevant observations? And how do we construct useful and realistic theories?

This year's lecturer, John Wettlaufer, has grappled with these questions by creating a mathematical observatory and focusing its telescopes on Arctic ice and climate. One of the world's leading authorities on the physics of ice and its role in climate, Wettlaufer is A.M. Bateman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Geophysics and Physics at Yale and Professor of Applicable Mathematics at Oxford.

A community reception will start at 6:30pm, with the lecture beginning at 7:00pm.