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

Adam, Ori and Bischoff, Tobias and Schneider, Tapio (2016) Seasonal and Interannual Variations of the Energy Flux Equator and ITCZ. Part I: Zonally Averaged ITCZ Position. Journal of Climate, 29 (9). pp. 3219-3230. ISSN 0894-8755.

Su, Zhan and Ingersoll, Andrew P. and He, Feng (2016) On the Abruptness of Bølling–Allerød Warming. Journal of Climate, 29 (13). pp. 4965-4975. ISSN 0894-8755.

Liu, Junjun and Schneider, Tapio (2016) Contrasting responses to orbital precession on Titan and Earth. Geophysical Research Letters . ISSN 0094-8276. (In Press)

Wills, Robert C. and Schneider, Tapio (2016) How Stationary Eddies Shape Changes in the Hydrological Cycle: Zonally Asymmetric Experiments in an Idealized GCM. Journal of Climate, 29 (9). pp. 3161-3179. ISSN 0894-8755.

Yang, Yang and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2016) Multi-layer anode for saline wastewater treatment: Manipulating oxidant generation pathway by TiO_2 thin film deposition. In: 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, March 13-17, 2016, San Diego, CA.

Järvinen, Emma and Craven, Jill and Flagan, Rick C. (2016) Observation of viscosity transition in α-pinene secondary organic aerosol. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16 (7). pp. 4423-4438. ISSN 1680-7324.

Magyar, Paul M. and Orphan, Victoria J. and Eiler, John M. (2016) Measurement of rare isotopologues of nitrous oxide by high-resolution multi-collector mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 30 (17). pp. 1923-1940. ISSN 0951-4198.

Enami, Shinichi and Hoffmann, Michael R. and Colussi, A. J. (2016) Halogen Radical Chemistry at Aqueous Interfaces. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 120 (31). pp. 6242-6248. ISSN 1089-5639.

Dupuy, Eric and Roehl, Coleen M. and Wennberg, Paul O. (2016) Comparison of XH_2O Retrieved from GOSAT Short-Wavelength Infrared Spectra with Observations from the TCCON Network. Remote Sensing, 8 (5). Art. No. 414. ISSN 2072-4292.

Viglione, Giuliana A. and Thompson, Andrew F. (2016) Lagrangian pathways of upwelling in the Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans . ISSN 2169-9275. (In Press)

Bischoff, Tobias and Schneider, Tapio (2016) The Equatorial Energy Balance, ITCZ Position, and Double-ITCZ Bifurcations. Journal of Climate, 29 (8). pp. 2997-3013. ISSN 0894-8755.

Su, Zhan and Ingersoll, Andrew P. (2016) On the Minimum Potential Energy State and the Eddy Size–Constrained APE Density. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 46 (9). pp. 2663-2674. ISSN 0022-3670.

Gladstone, G. Randall and Wong, Michael L. and Yung, Yuk L. (2016) The atmosphere of Pluto as observed by New Horizons. Science, 351 (6279). Art. No. aad8866. ISSN 0036-8075.

Thompson, Andrew F. and Stewart, Andrew L. and Bischoff, Tobias (2016) A Multibasin Residual-Mean Model for the Global Overturning Circulation. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 46 (9). pp. 2583-2604. ISSN 0022-3670.

Rondo, L. and Flagan, R. C. (2016) Effect of dimethylamine on the gas phase sulfuric acid concentration measured by Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres, 121 (6). pp. 3036-3049. ISSN 2169-897X.

Larsen, Isaac J. and Lamb, Michael P. (2016) Progressive incision of the Channeled Scablands by outburst floods. Nature, 538 (7624). pp. 229-232. ISSN 0028-0836.

Ryu, Su Young and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2016) Mixed-Metal Semiconductor Anodes for Electrochemical Water Splitting and Reactive Chlorine Species Generation: Implications for Electrochemical Wastewater Treatment. Catalysts, 6 (4). Art. No. 59. ISSN 2073-4344.

Chen, Jinqiang and Bordoni, Simona (2016) Early Summer Response of the East Asian Summer Monsoon to Atmospheric CO_2 Forcing and Subsequent Sea Surface Warming. Journal of Climate, 29 (15). pp. 5431-5446. ISSN 0894-8755.

Yang, Yang and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2016) Synthesis and Stabilization of Blue-Black TiO_2 Nanotube Arrays for Electrochemical Oxidant Generation and Wastewater Treatment. Environmental Science and Technology . ISSN 0013-936X. (In Press)

Wirth, Stefanie B. and Sessions, Alex L. (2016) Plant-wax D/H ratios in the southern European Alps record multiple aspects of climate variability. Quaternary Science Reviews, 148 . pp. 176-191. ISSN 0277-3791.

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

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