Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

The Quantum Mechanics of Global Warming

Brad Marston
Department of Physics, Brown University

Wednesday, April 3, 2002
1:30 PM @ Stirling A

Abstract:

Quantum mechanics plays a crucial, albeit often overlooked, role in our understanding of the Earth's climate. In this colloquium I will use three well-known aspects of quantum mechanics to present a simple physical picture of what may happen as the concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide continue to increase. I will also utilize some basic astronomy and wave mechanics to decipher historical climate records. I conclude with a personal perspective on the politics versus the science of global warming.

Refreshments will be available in the department lounge at 2:30 pm.