Oceans in a Warming Climate

Event Date: 
December 1, 2021
Laure Zanna

The oceans are a key component of the climate system. In this talk, Professor Zanna will discuss the role of ocean physics in storing and redistributing the excess heat from anthropogenic emissions. The talk will focus on patterns of sea level, which result from this redistribution of excess heat and the uncertainty associated with future projections of regional sea level level. Professor Zanna will describe how combining machine learning and physics may improve numerical climate simulations and associated projections of climate change, including patterns of sea level rise.

Speaker Bio: 
LAURE ZANNA is a Professor in Mathematics & Atmosphere/Ocean Science at the Courant Institute, New York University. Her research focuses on the dynamics of the climate system. Prior to NYU, she was a tenured faculty member in the Physics Department at the University of Oxford until 2019. She obtained her PhD in 2009 in Climate Dynamics from Harvard University. She was the recipient of the 2020 Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award from the American Meteorological Society “For exceptional creativity in the development and application of new concepts in ocean and climate dynamics”. She is the lead principal investigator of M²LInES – an international effort to improve climate models with scientific machine learning supported by Schmidt Futures, and the NSF-NOAA Climate Process Team on Ocean Transport and Eddy Energy. She is also the research co-director of a recently launched NSF Science and Technology Center entitled ”Learning the Earth with Artificial Intelligence and Physics”.