MIT Earth Resources Laboratory and MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences will host a reception in San Antonio for our alumni, as well as friends in industry and academia, on Monday, September 16, 2019, 6-8pm local time, to coincide with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ Annual Meeting. This is an annual tradition that has been on a Tuesday evening in past years, so please note it will be on Monday evening this year. If you are interested in attending and you have not yet received an invitation, please contact


We all know the Earth is getting warmer, so why do we keep studying climate science? One reason is that the more precisely we understand how and where climate change is happening, the better we can help to guide the development of policies to slow it down, stop it, and adapt to it. There is also great value in climate science as an intellectual pursuit and it would be a lively and vibrant endeavor even if we were not changing the climate.

This symposium will consider what is known about the relationship between greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and global warming, extreme weather events, and other climate impacts. We will also discuss remaining uncertainties and the prospects for reducing them. Finally, we will explore the projected physical effects of increasing greenhouse gas emissions under alternative mitigation scenarios.

Speakers and panelists will include:

Philip Duffy (Woods Hole Research Center)

Sherri Goodman (Woodrow Wilson Center)

Niki Gruber (ETH Zurich)

Charles Harvey (MIT)

David McGee (MIT)

Jerry Mitrovica (Harvard)

Paul O’Gorman (MIT)

Ray Pierrehumbert (Oxford)

John Reilly (MIT)

Tapio Schneider (Caltech)

Noelle Selin (MIT)

Susan Solomon (MIT)

Maria Zuber (MIT)

Department Lecture Series
Faculty Workshop @ Room 54-915
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Department Lecture Series
Thursday Faculty Meetings @ Room 54-915
Oct 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Department Lecture Series
DLS Lecture
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Speaker: Blair Schoene, Princeton University