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

Ingersoll, Andrew P. and Nakajima, Miki (2016) Controlled boiling on Enceladus. 2. Model of the liquid-filled cracks. Icarus . ISSN 0019-1035. (In Press)

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.

Scheingross, Joel S. and Lamb, Michael P. (2016) Sediment transport through self-adjusting, bedrock-walled waterfall plunge pools. Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface, 121 (5). pp. 939-963. ISSN 2169-9003.

Limaye, Ajay B. S. and Lamb, Michael P. (2016) Numerical model predictions of autogenic fluvial terraces and comparison to climate change expectations. Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface, 121 (3). pp. 512-544. ISSN 2169-9003.

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.

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.

Fradet, Danielle T. and Tavormina, Patricia L. and Orphan, Victoria J. (2016) Members of the methanotrophic genus Methylomarinum inhabit inland mud pots. PeerJ, 4 . Art. No. e2116. ISSN 2167-8359. PMCID PMC4950536.

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.

Eiler, John (2016) Rolling revolution in analytical isotope geochemistry. In: 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, March 13-17, 2016, San Diego, CA.

Wills, Robert C. and Byrne, Michael P. and Schneider, Tapio (2016) Thermodynamic and dynamic controls on changes in the zonally anomalous hydrological cycle. Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (9). pp. 4640-4649. ISSN 0094-8276.

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)

Lapotre, Mathieu G. A. and Lamb, Michael P. and Williams, Rebecca M. E. (2016) Canyon formation constraints on the discharge of catastrophic outburst floods of Earth and Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research. Planets, 121 (7). pp. 1232-1263. ISSN 2169-9097.

Chen, Ru and Thompson, Andrew F. and Flierl, Glenn R. (2016) Time-Dependent Eddy-Mean Energy Diagrams and Their Application to the Ocean. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 46 (9). pp. 2827-2850. ISSN 0022-3670.

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.

Lamb, Michael P. and Venditti, Jeremy G. (2016) The grain size gap and abrupt gravel-sand transitions in rivers due to suspension fallout. Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (8). pp. 3777-3785. ISSN 0094-8276.

Bergkessel, Megan and Basta, David W. and Newman, Dianne K. (2016) The physiology of growth arrest: uniting molecular and environmental microbiology. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 14 (9). pp. 549-562. ISSN 1740-1526.

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.

Lehtipalo, Katrianne and Downard, Andrew J. and Flagan, Richard C. (2016) The effect of acid–base clustering and ions on the growth of atmospheric nano-particles. Nature Communications, 7 . Art. No. 11594. ISSN 2041-1723.

Kim, J. and Flagan, R. C. (2016) Hygroscopicity of nanoparticles produced from homogeneous nucleation in the CLOUD experiments. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16 (1). pp. 293-304. ISSN 1680-7316.

Hoyle, C. R. and Craven, J. and Flagan, R. C. (2016) Aqueous phase oxidation of sulphur dioxide by ozone in cloud droplets. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16 (3). pp. 1693-1712. ISSN 1680-7324.

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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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