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Recovery of a CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) sensor at sea.
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Monitoring atmospheric chemistry using mass spectrometers built at Caltech.
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The Alvin submersible returns from a dive.
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Sampling for cosmogenic exposure dating, Kauai.

Scientists from a broad range of disciplines are collaborating at The Linde Center to generate a comprehensive understanding of our global environment—including the impacts of human activities on it. They investigate Earth's atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, and biosphere and their mutual interactions, characterizing their present and past states through innovative measurements, developing models to describe their evolution, and synthesizing measurements and models to produce sound predictions of the future. Among the questions addressed at The Linde Center are:

  • How has Earth's climate varied in the past and how will it change in the future?
  • How does pollution affect air quality locally and far from its sources, and how does it affect cloud cover and climate change?
  • What happens to carbon dioxide after it enters the atmosphere?

The Linde Center is located within the unique Linde + Robinson Laboratory, likely the most energy-efficient laboratory building in the United States. The Linde + Robinson Laboratory and nearby buildings house state-of-the art laboratories for oceanography, atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemistry, environmental microbiology, and environmental chemistry and technology.

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Recent Publications

Podlaha, Olaf G. and Sessions, Alex L. and Freeman, Katherine (2017) John M. Hayes 1940-2017. Father of isotopes in modern and ancient biogeochemical processes, biosynthetic carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionation and compound specific isotope analytical techniques. Organic Geochemistry . ISSN 0146-6380. (In Press)

Bischoff, Tobias and Schneider, Tapio and Meckler, Anna Nele (2017) A Conceptual Model for the Response of Tropical Rainfall to Orbital Variations. Journal of Climate, 30 (20). pp. 8375-8391. ISSN 0894-8755.

McConnell, Joseph R. and Adkins, Jess F. and Paris, Guillaume (2017) Synchronous volcanic eruptions and abrupt climate change ∼17.7 ka plausibly linked by stratospheric ozone depletion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America . ISSN 0027-8424. (In Press)

Blacksberg, Jordana and Eiler, John M. (2017) Constraining the Origin of the Jupiter Trojans by In Situ Measurement of Volatiles, Minerals, and Ices. Keck Institute for Space Studies , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

Manucharyan, Georgy E. and Thompson, Andrew F. and Spall, Michael A. (2017) Eddy Memory Mode of Multidecadal Variability in Residual-Mean Ocean Circulations with Application to the Beaufort Gyre. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 47 (4). pp. 855-866. ISSN 0022-3670.

Trower, Elizabeth J. and Lamb, Michael P. and Fischer, Woodward W. (2017) Experimental evidence that ooid size reflects a dynamic equilibrium between rapid precipitation and abrasion rates. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 468 . pp. 112-118. ISSN 0012-821X.

Cid, Clément and Jasper, Justin and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2017) Formation of hydroxyapatite during toilet wastewater treatment by electrolysis. In: 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 20-24, 2017, Washington, DC.

Ingersoll, Andrew P. (2017) Planetary science: Bypassing the habitable zone. Nature Geoscience, 10 (8). pp. 543-545. ISSN 1752-0894.

Mbengue, Cheikh and Schneider, Tapio (2017) Storm-Track Shifts under Climate Change: Toward a Mechanistic Understanding Using Baroclinic Mean Available Potential Energy. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 74 (1). pp. 93-110. ISSN 0022-4928.

Wills, Robert C. and Levine, Xavier J. and Schneider, Tapio (2017) Local Energetic Constraints on Walker Circulation Strength. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 74 (6). pp. 1907-1922. ISSN 0022-4928.

Scheingross, Joel S. and Lo, Daniel Y. and Lamb, Michael P. (2017) Self-formed waterfall plunge pools in homogeneous rock. Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (1). pp. 200-208. ISSN 0094-8276.

Janssen, M. A. and Ingersoll, A. P. (2017) MWR: Microwave Radiometer for the Juno Mission to Jupiter. Space Science Reviews . ISSN 0038-6308. (In Press)

Lapotre, Mathieu G. A. and Lamb, Michael P. and McElroy, Brandon (2017) What sets the size of current ripples? Geology . ISSN 0091-7613. (In Press)

Faulk, Sean and Mitchell, Jonathan and Bordoni, Simona (2017) Effects of Rotation Rate and Seasonal Forcing on the ITCZ Extent in Planetary Atmospheres. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 74 (3). pp. 665-678. ISSN 0022-4928.

Cho, Kangwoo and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2017) Molecular hydrogen production from wastewater electrolysis cell with multi-junction BiO_x/TiO_2 anode and stainless steel cathode: Current and energy efficiency. Applied Catalysis B, 202 . pp. 671-682. ISSN 0926-3373.

Brounce, Maryjo and Stolper, Edward and Eiler, John (2017) Redox variations in Mauna Kea lavas, the oxygen fugacity of the Hawaiian plume, and the role of volcanic gases in Earth’s oxygenation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America . ISSN 0027-8424. (In Press)

Lu, Jianhua and Schneider, Tapio (2017) Evolving perspectives on abrupt seasonal changes of the general circulation. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 34 (10). pp. 1185-1194. ISSN 0256-1530.

Feldl, Nicole and Bordoni, Simona and Merlis, Timothy M. (2017) Coupled High-Latitude Climate Feedbacks and Their Impact on Atmospheric Heat Transport. Journal of Climate, 30 (1). pp. 189-201. ISSN 0894-8755.

Wilson, David J. and van de Flierdt, Tina and Adkins, Jess F. (2017) Lead isotopes in deep-sea coral skeletons: ground-truthing and a first deglacial Southern Ocean record. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta . ISSN 0016-7037. (In Press)

Lamb, Michael P. and Brun, Fanny and Fuller, Brian M. (2017) Direct measurements of lift and drag on shallowly submerged cobbles in steep streams: Implications for flow resistance and sediment transport. Water Resources Research . ISSN 0043-1397 . (In Press)

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Contact

Linde Center for Global Environmental Science
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd., MC 131-24
Pasadena, CA 91125
Email: lindecenter@caltech.edu
Phone: (626) 395-8731


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