Climate Week: Climate Science Breakfast with Brian F. Farrell
EPS/SEAS Climate Science Breakfast: "Climate Implications of Equilibrium Statistical States in the Baroclinic Turbulence of the Earth’s Midlatitude Atmosphere" with Brian F. Farrell, Robert P. Burden Professor of Meteorology, Harvard University
Professor Farrell's primary research area is dynamic meteorology. Dynamic meteorologists use physics and mathematics together with numerical simulation to gain fundamental understanding of the motions of the atmosphere. Professor Farrell has been particularly interested in the turbulence of the jet stream and the origin and predictability of cyclones, the low pressure systems responsible for much of the variability in weather. Efforts to understand the process of explosive cyclone development led Professor Farrell and co-workers to deeper understanding of how disturbance evolution occurs in general under the dynamics of fluid flow. Theoretical insights gained from this work has clarified the dynamics of midlatitude and tropical cyclone growth as well as rapid perturbation growth in laboratory flows and conducting fluids.