Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

CLaSP Seminar Series - Dr. Juan Lora

Date: March 29, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: SRB Auditorium, room 2246

Title: "Linking Titan’s weather and (paleo)climate"

Abstract: Titan’s atmosphere and surface contain records of its weather, climate, and climate evolution. Can we decode these observations into physical processes by using climate simulations? In this talk, I will discuss the Titan Atmospheric Model, a general circulation model that accurately simulates the middle and lower atmosphere of Titan. I will describe the importance of vertical and horizontal fluxes of energy into and within Titan’s atmosphere, and examine the possibility that the circulation supports Milankovitch climate cycles. I will suggest a mechanism that links Titan’s weather to its paleoclimate, and show that several features of the surface may be related to the climate and its variations. Finally, I will outline future directions for further constraining this fascinating surface-atmosphere coupled system.

Biography: I am currently a UC Chancellor's and California Alliance Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. My broad areas of focus are planetary climates, paleoclimate, and atmospheric dynamics. I have especially focused on investigating the atmospheres and climate systems of late-Pleistocene Earth and Saturn's moon Titan, with an emphasis on hydroclimate and moisture transport processes in both cases. I received my PhD in 2014 from the Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona.

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