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

Apel, E. C. and Wennberg, P. O. and Crounse, J. D. (2015) Upper tropospheric ozone production from lightning NO_x-impacted convection: Smoke ingestion case study from the DC3 campaign. Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres, 120 (6). pp. 2505-2523. ISSN 2169-897X.

Clog, Matthieu and Stolper, Daniel and Eiler, John M. (2015) Kinetics of CO_(2(g))–H_2O_((1)) isotopic exchange, including mass 47 isotopologues. Chemical Geology, 395 . pp. 1-10. ISSN 0009-2541.

Lapotre, Mathieu G. A. and Lamb, Michael P. (2015) Hydraulics of floods upstream of horseshoe canyons and waterfalls. Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface, 120 (7). pp. 1227-1250. ISSN 2169-9003.

Wu, Chia-Hung and Bialecka-Fornal, Maja and Newman, Dianne K. (2015) Methylation at the C-2 position of hopanoids increases rigidity in native bacterial membranes. eLife, 4 . Art. No. e05663. ISSN 2050-084X.

Schneider, Tapio and Bischoff, Tobias and Płotka, Hanna (2015) Physics of Changes in Synoptic Midlatitude Temperature Variability. Journal of Climate, 28 (6). pp. 2312-2331. ISSN 0894-8755.

Enami, Shinichi and Hoffmann, Michael R. and Colussi, Agustín J. (2015) Cascade oxidation of atmospheric aerosol dicarboxylic acids by gas-phase OH-radicals. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 249 . ENVR-25. ISSN 0065-7727 .

Hooshmand, Abbas and Horner-Devine, Alexander R. and Lamb, Michael P. (2015) Structure of turbulence and sediment stratification in wave-supported mud layers. Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans, 120 (4). pp. 2430-2448. ISSN 2169-9275.

Prancevic, Jeff P. and Lamb, Michael P. (2015) Particle friction angles in steep mountain channels. Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface, 120 (2). pp. 242-259. ISSN 2169-9003.

Ricci, J. N. and Michel, A. J. and Newman, D. K. (2015) Phylogenetic analysis of HpnP reveals the origin of 2-methylhopanoid production in Alphaproteobacteria. Geobiology . ISSN 1472-4677. (In Press)

Blake, Geoffrey A. and Bergin, Edwin A. (2015) Planetary science: Prebiotic chemistry on the rocks. Nature, 520 (7546). pp. 161-162. ISSN 0028-0836.

Okumura, Mitchio (2015) Just add water dimers. Science, 347 (6223). pp. 718-719. ISSN 0036-8075.

Zhang, Ke and Blake, Geoffrey A. and Bergin, Edwin A. (2015) Evidence of Fast Pebble Growth Near Condensation Fronts in the HL Tau Protoplanetary Disk. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 806 (1). Art. No. L7. ISSN 2041-8205.

Marlow, J. and Peckmann, J. and Orphan, V. (2015) Autoendoliths: a distinct type of rock-hosted microbial life. Geobiology . ISSN 1472-4677. (In Press)

Brown, M. E. and Schaller, E. L. and Blake, G. A. (2015) Irradiation Products On Dwarf Planet Makemake. Astronomical Journal, 149 (3). Art. No. 105. ISSN 0004-6256.

Tsai, Victor C. and Stewart, Andrew L. and Thompson, Andrew F. (2015) Marine ice-sheet profiles and stability under Coulomb basal conditions. Journal of Glaciology , 61 (226). pp. 205-215. ISSN 0022-1430 .

Li, Cheng and Ingersoll, Andrew P. (2015) Moist convection in hydrogen atmospheres and the frequency of Saturn’s giant storms. Nature Geoscience . ISSN 1752-0894. (In Press)

Prancevic, Jeff P. and Lamb, Michael P. (2015) Unraveling bed slope from relative roughness in initial sediment motion. Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface, 120 (3). pp. 474-489. ISSN 2169-9003.

Bowden, D. C. and Tsai, V. C. and Lin, F. C. (2015) Site amplification, attenuation, and scattering from noise correlation amplitudes across a dense array in Long Beach, CA. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (5). pp. 1360-1367. ISSN 0094-8276.

Walker, Jennifer M. and Bordoni, Simona and Schneider, Tapio (2015) Interannual Variability in the Large-Scale Dynamics of the South Asian Summer Monsoon. Journal of Climate, 28 (9). pp. 3731-3750. ISSN 0894-8755.

Morgan, James J. and Newman, Dianne K. (2015) A Conversation with James J. Morgan. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 43 . pp. 1-27. ISSN 0084-6597.

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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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