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Lectures/Seminars are held in Walsh Cottage in Woods Hole Village




Heather Knutson, California Institute of Technology

Geoffrey Vallis, University of Exeter




Tuesday, June 20

10:00 a.m.
Exoplanet Demographics
Heather Knutson

Wednesday, June 21

10:00 a.m.
Techniques for Characterization, Bulk and Atmospheric Compositions

Heather Knutson

Thursday, June 22

10:00 a.m.
Terrestrial Planets: Atmospheric Structure and Circulation
Geoff Vallis

Friday, June 23
10:00 a.m.

Circulation of Tidally-locked Planets
Geoff Vallis

2:00 p.m.
Observations of Atmospheric Circulation on Short-period Gas Giants
Heather Knutson




Monday, June 26

10:00 a.m.
Cold Giant Planets; Jets, Deep Convection and Shallow Weather
Geoff Vallis

2:00 p.m.
Jon Aurnou (UCLA)

Tuesday, June 27

10:00 a.m.
Atmospheric Characterization of Young, Hot Gas Giant Planets and Brown Dwarfs
Heather Knutson

Wednesday, June 28

10:00 a.m.
Atmospheric Characterization of Terrestrial Planets
Heather Knutson

2:00 p.m.
Dedalus tutorial
Keaton Burns (MIT)

Thursday, June 29

10:00 a.m.
Icy Moons and Exo-oceans
Geoff Vallis

Friday, June 30

10:00 a.m.
Effects of Condensibles: Steam Atmospheres and Runaway Greenhouse
Geoff Vallis




(Lectures start at 10:30 a.m.)

Monday, July 3

Integrating Physics, Data & Scientific ML to Better Understand and Model Climate Variability and Extremes
Pedram Hassanzadeh, Rice University

Tuesday, July 4
No seminar

Wednesday, July 5
Atmospheric Dynamics of Giant Planets: Insights from the Juno Mission
Yohai Kaspi, Weizmann Institute of Science

Thursday, July 6

10:30 a.m.
The Interplay between Ocean and Ice on Icy Satellites
Wanying Kang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:00 p.m.
Modeling Multiphase Matter
Eric Hester, University of California, Los Angeles

Friday, July 7
Weather Impact on Cooling the Giant Planets
Xi Zhang, University of California, Santa Cruz




Monday, July 10

Energetic Constraints for Ocean Dynamics on Icy Worlds
Malte Jansen, University of Chicago

Tuesday, July 11

Verifying Global Stability of Fluid Flows Despite Transient Growth of Energy
David Goluskin, University of Victoria

Wednesday, July 12

Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Near Boundaries
Alexis Kaminski- University of California, Berkeley

Thursday, July 13

10:30 a.m.

Insights into Turbulence: Modifying Old Techniques for New Understanding
Elizabeth Carlson, University of Victoria

2:00 p.m.
Ghosts in Rayleigh Bénard Convection
Jeremy Parker, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Friday, July 14

A Mushy Source for the Geysers of Enceladus
Colin Meyer, Dartmouth College




Monday, July 17

Three-dimensional Structure of Buoyancy Transport by Ocean Baroclinic Turbulence
Basile Gallet, CEA Saclay

Tuesday, July 18

10:30 a.m.

Transmission Spectroscopy of Exoplanet Atmospheres
Sara Seager, MIT

5:00 p.m.

2023 Sears Public Lecture - Redfield Auditorium

Planetary Atmospheres and the Search for Signs of Life Beyond Earth
Sara Seager, MIT

Wednesday, July 19

Simple Models of Clouds and Convection in the Solar System
Jonathan Mitchell, UCLA

Thursday, July 20

10:30 a.m.

Shaken by Physics or Stirred by Machine? Modelling Stratified Mixing (with a Twist)
Colm-cille Caulfield, Cambridge University

2:00 p.m.

Entrainment in Plumes with Turbidity Currents
Jim McElwaine, Durham University

Friday, July 21

Critical Balance in Anisotropic Wave Systems: Strongly Stratified Turbulence at Low Prandtl Number
Valentin Skoutnev, Columbia University




Monday, July 24

What the Ultimate Regime in Rayleigh-Bénard Convection and Radiatively Heated Melt Ponds Have in Common: Bistability and Subcritical Transitions
Detlef Lohse, University of Twente

Tuesday, July 25

Fluid Dynamics of Jupiter in the Lab: Deep Jets and Vortices
Michael LeBars, University of Aix-Marseille

Wednesday, July 26

The Stratified Inclined Duct (SID) Experiment: A Rich Paradigm for Stratified Turbulence
Adrien LeFauve, University of Cambridge

Thursday, July 27

10:30 a.m

The Lightness of Water Vapor and Climate Stability
Da Yang, University of California, Davis

2:00 p.m.

Internal Wave Packet Tunneling through a Thermohaline Staircase
Bruce Sutherland, University of Alberta

Friday, July 28

Enhancement of Ice Melting in Isotropic Turbulence
Blair Johnson, University of Texas




Monday, July 31
Turbulence, Waves, and Stars
DanieL Lecoanet, Northwestern University

Tuesday, August 1
Curious Convection in Vertical Channels
Chris Howland, University of Twente     

Wednesday, August 2
Rotationally Driven Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability
Matthew Scase/Barbara Turnbull, University of Nottingham

Thursday, August 3

10:30 a.m.

Experimental Numerical Methods for Navier-Stokes
Keaton Burns, MIT
2:00 p.m.

What Sets the Vertical Profile of Stratification in the Deep Ocean?
Raffaele Ferrari, MIT

Friday, August 4
Channelization of Subglacial Water Flow: Stability and Channel Distribution
Kasia Warburton, Dartmouth College




Monday, August 7
Ice-Ocean Interactions in the Solar System
Nicole Shibley, Princeton University
Tuesday, August 8
Linear Time-invariant Models of a Large Cumulus Ensemble and Convective Memory
Zhiming Kuang, Harvard University  

Wednesday, August 9

Tilt! Non-hydrostatic Geostrophy
Joe Pedlosky, WHOI

Thursday, August 10

Fast Jet Stream Winds Get Faster Under Climate Change
 Tiffany Shaw, University of Chicago

Friday, August 11
Jovial Jets and Vortices
Glenn Flierl, MIT



No Seminars




Monday, August 21

10:00 a.m.
Convection in the Ice Shells of Icy Moons
Nathan Magnan, University of Cambridge

11:30 a.m.
Chemical Transport by Waves in Stars
Yifeng Mao, University of Colorado Boulder

2:00 p.m.
Boiling Stratified Flow: A Lab Analog of Quasi-equilibrium Moist Convection
Hao Fu, Stanford University

Tuesday, August 22

10:00 a.m.
Simple Models of Superrotation in Planetary Atmospheres
Quentin Nicolas, University of California Berkeley

11:30 a.m.
Arefe Ghazi Nezami, University of Texas Austin

Wednesday, August 23

10:00 a.m.
Transport of Microplastics in Turbidity Currents
Quentin Kriaa, Aix-Marseille Universite

11:30 a.m.
Can AI-based Climate Models Learn Rare, Extreme Weather Events?
Nimrod Gavriel, Weizmann Institute of Science

2:00 p.m.
Asymmetries in Formation of Gulf Stream Warm Core Rings and Filaments
Ellie Ong, University of New South Wales

Thursday, August 24

10:00 a.m.
Jets on Gas Giants – A Tale of Two Forcings
Yaoxuan Zeng, University of Chicago

11:30 a.m.
Into the Mix: How Biological Dynamics Affect Turbulent Transport 
Deborah Cotton, University of Oxford