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

Allodi, Marco A. and Finneran, Ian and Blake, Geoffrey A. (2015) Watching molecules jump: Ultrafast nonlinear teraHertz spectroscopy of liquids and binary mixtures. In: 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 16-20, 2015, Boston, MA.

Wills, Robert C. and Schneider, Tapio (2015) Stationary Eddies and the Zonal Asymmetry of Net Precipitation and Ocean Freshwater Forcing. Journal of Climate, 28 (13). pp. 5115-5133. ISSN 0894-8755.

Enami, Shinichi and Hoffmann, Michael R. and Colussi, Agustín J. (2015) OH-Radical Specific Addition to Glutathione S-Atom at the Air–Water Interface: Relevance to the Redox Balance of the Lung Epithelial Lining Fluid. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 6 (19). pp. 3935-3943. ISSN 1948-7185 .

Morgan, James J. and Newman, Dianne K. (2015) A Conversation with James J. Morgan. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 43 . pp. 1-27. ISSN 0084-6597.

Liu, Junjun and Schneider, Tapio (2015) Scaling of Off-Equatorial Jets in Giant Planet Atmospheres. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72 (1). pp. 389-408. ISSN 0022-4928.

Apel, E. C. and Wennberg, P. O. and Crounse, J. D. (2015) Upper tropospheric ozone production from lightning NO_x-impacted convection: Smoke ingestion case study from the DC3 campaign. Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres, 120 (6). pp. 2505-2523. ISSN 2169-897X.

Lapotre, Mathieu G. A. and Lamb, Michael P. (2015) Hydraulics of floods upstream of horseshoe canyons and waterfalls. Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface, 120 (7). pp. 1227-1250. ISSN 2169-9003.

Blake, Geoffrey A. and Bergin, Edwin A. (2015) Planetary science: Prebiotic chemistry on the rocks. Nature, 520 (7546). pp. 161-162. ISSN 0028-0836.

Stewart, A. L. and Thompson, A. F. (2015) The Neutral Density Temporal Residual Mean overturning circulation. Ocean Modelling, 90 . pp. 44-56. ISSN 1463-5003.

Li, Cheng and Ingersoll, Andrew P. (2015) Moist convection in hydrogen atmospheres and the frequency of Saturn’s giant storms. Nature Geoscience . ISSN 1752-0894. (In Press)

Stewart, Andrew L. and Thompson, Andrew F. (2015) Eddy-mediated transport of warm Circumpolar Deep Water across the Antarctic Shelf Break. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (2). pp. 432-440. ISSN 0094-8276.

Cho, Kangwoo and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2015) Bi_xTi_(1−x)O_z Functionalized Heterojunction Anode with an Enhanced Reactive Chlorine Generation Efficiency in Dilute Aqueous Solutions. Chemistry of Materials . ISSN 0897-4756. (In Press)

Gimbert, Florent and Tsai, Victor C. (2015) Predicting short-period, wind-wave-generated seismic noise in coastal regions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters . ISSN 0012-821X. (In Press)

Tsai, Victor C. and Gudmundsson, G. Hilmar (2015) An improved model for tidally modulated grounding-line migration. Journal of Glaciology , 61 (226). pp. 216-222. ISSN 0022-1430 .

Walker, Jennifer M. and Bordoni, Simona and Schneider, Tapio (2015) Interannual Variability in the Large-Scale Dynamics of the South Asian Summer Monsoon. Journal of Climate, 28 (9). pp. 3731-3750. ISSN 0894-8755.

Wolfe, G. M. and Crounse, J. D. and Wennberg, P. O. (2015) Quantifying sources and sinks of reactive gases in the lower atmosphere using airborne flux observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (19). pp. 8231-8240. ISSN 0094-8276.

Clog, Matthieu and Stolper, Daniel and Eiler, John M. (2015) Kinetics of CO_(2(g))–H_2O_((1)) isotopic exchange, including mass 47 isotopologues. Chemical Geology, 395 . pp. 1-10. ISSN 0009-2541.

Wu, Chia-Hung and Bialecka-Fornal, Maja and Newman, Dianne K. (2015) Methylation at the C-2 position of hopanoids increases rigidity in native bacterial membranes. eLife, 4 . Art. No. e05663. ISSN 2050-084X.

Bowden, D. C. and Tsai, V. C. and Lin, F. C. (2015) Site amplification, attenuation, and scattering from noise correlation amplitudes across a dense array in Long Beach, CA. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (5). pp. 1360-1367. ISSN 0094-8276.

Hooshmand, Abbas and Horner-Devine, Alexander R. and Lamb, Michael P. (2015) Structure of turbulence and sediment stratification in wave-supported mud layers. Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans, 120 (4). pp. 2430-2448. ISSN 2169-9275.

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Linde Center for Global Environmental Science
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd., MC 131-24
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