Plan B: Engineering a Cooler Earth


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

Janssen, M. A. and Ingersoll, A. P. (2017) MWR: Microwave Radiometer for the Juno Mission to Jupiter. Space Science Reviews . ISSN 0038-6308. (In Press)

Wilson, David J. and van de Flierdt, Tina and Adkins, Jess F. (2017) Lead isotopes in deep-sea coral skeletons: ground-truthing and a first deglacial Southern Ocean record. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta . ISSN 0016-7037. (In Press)

Ingersoll, Andrew P. (2017) Three eras of planetary exploration. Nature Astronomy, 1 (1). Art. No. 0010. ISSN 2397-3366.

Podlaha, Olaf G. and Sessions, Alex L. and Freeman, Katherine (2017) John M. Hayes 1940-2017. Father of isotopes in modern and ancient biogeochemical processes, biosynthetic carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionation and compound specific isotope analytical techniques. Organic Geochemistry . ISSN 0146-6380. (In Press)

Yang, Yang and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2017) Journey to enhance the stability of blue and black TiO_2 nanotube array elelctrodes for water treatment. In: 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 20-24, 2017, Washington, DC.

Enami, Shinichi and Hoffmann, Michael R. and Colussi, A. J. (2017) Criegee Intermediates React with Levoglucosan on Water. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters . ISSN 1948-7185 . (In Press)

Teng, Alexander P. and Crounse, John D. and Wennberg, Paul O. (2017) Isoprene Peroxy Radical Dynamics. Journal of the American Chemical Society . ISSN 0002-7863. (In Press)

Mbengue, Cheikh and Schneider, Tapio (2017) Storm-Track Shifts under Climate Change: Toward a Mechanistic Understanding Using Baroclinic Mean Available Potential Energy. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 74 (1). pp. 93-110. ISSN 0022-4928.

Scheingross, Joel S. and Lo, Daniel Y. and Lamb, Michael P. (2017) Self-formed waterfall plunge pools in homogeneous rock. Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (1). pp. 200-208. ISSN 0094-8276.

Jasper, Justin T. and Yang, Yang and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2017) Toxic Byproduct Formation during Electrochemical Treatment of Latrine Wastewater. Environmental Science and Technology . ISSN 0013-936X. (In Press)

Lu, Jianhua and Schneider, Tapio (2017) Evolving perspectives on abrupt seasonal changes of the general circulation. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 34 (10). pp. 1185-1194. ISSN 0256-1530.

Blacksberg, Jordana and Eiler, John M. (2017) Constraining the Origin of the Jupiter Trojans by In Situ Measurement of Volatiles, Minerals, and Ices. Keck Institute for Space Studies , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

Feldl, Nicole and Bordoni, Simona and Merlis, Timothy M. (2017) Coupled High-Latitude Climate Feedbacks and Their Impact on Atmospheric Heat Transport. Journal of Climate, 30 (1). pp. 189-201. ISSN 0894-8755.

Gordon, Hamish and Flagan, Richard C. (2017) Causes and importance of new particle formation in the present-day and pre-industrial atmospheres. Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres . ISSN 2169-897X. (In Press)

Ingersoll, Andrew P. (2017) Planetary science: Bypassing the habitable zone. Nature Geoscience, 10 (8). pp. 543-545. ISSN 1752-0894.

Tsai, Victor C. and Bowden, Daniel C. and Kanamori, Hiroo (2017) Explaining Extreme Ground Motion in Osaka Basin during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Geophysical Research Letters . ISSN 0094-8276. (In Press)

Cid, Clément and Jasper, Justin and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2017) Formation of hydroxyapatite during toilet wastewater treatment by electrolysis. In: 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 20-24, 2017, Washington, DC.

Haney, Matthew M. and Tsai, Victor C. (2017) Perturbational and nonperturbational inversion of Rayleigh-wave velocities. Geophysics, 82 (3). F15-F28. ISSN 0016-8033.

Lamb, Michael P. and Brun, Fanny and Fuller, Brian M. (2017) Direct measurements of lift and drag on shallowly submerged cobbles in steep streams: Implications for flow resistance and sediment transport. Water Resources Research . ISSN 0043-1397 . (In Press)

Palucis, M. C. and Lamb, M. P. (2017) What controls channel form in steep mountain streams? Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (14). pp. 7245-7255. ISSN 0094-8276.

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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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