Join the Louisville Esoteric Society on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM for our next meeting:  “What We Learn About Earth’s Climate by Studying Other Planets“ presented by Dr. Tim Dowling.

Dr. Tim Dowling, professor and director of the atmospheric science program at the University of Louisville, will speak about what we have learned about weather and climate from 60 years of space exploration, and how it affects our understanding of the home planet.
Comparative planetology helps to make this complicated subject tractable and sets Earth in a broad setting that highlights its intrinsic beauty, but also underscores its vulnerability.  Dr. Dowling will address several of the questions concerning weather and climate forwarded to him by our members, in an interactive session that will be informative and thought provoking.


Prof. Dowling studies planetary atmospheres and specializes in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics. He is the Principal Investigator on the development of the EPIC Atmospheric model, funded by NASA and NSF, which is a general circulation model (GCM) designed for planetary applications. EPIC stands for “Explicit Planetary Isentropic Coordinate” and is the leading model for the atmospheres of the gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The model can also be used to simulate the atmospheres of terrestrial-class atmospheres, including Venus, Earth, Mars and Titan (a large moon of Saturn with a substantial atmosphere). Some topics Prof. Dowling and his students and postdocs are working on include: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, thunderstorms on Jupiter and Saturn, jet-stream stability, Venus and Titan spinup and superrotation, and the dynamics of vortices and clouds on Uranus and Neptune.

All sincere seekers are welcome.  $10 for pay-as-you-go attendees; No charge for LES pre-pay Members.

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