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Feb 18

7:30 p.m. @ Wall Auditorium

Diagnosing the beating heart of our atmosphere: a puzzle for future generations

7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

As concerns and debates grow over global climate change, scientists forge ahead toward grasping a better understanding of climate variability. In the atmosphere (an integral component of our climate system), research efforts are unraveling its fundamental global pattern that accounts for much of the changing wintertime meteorological conditions. As the "heart" of our atmosphere, this pattern beats in time but becomes arrhythmic in association with unusual atmospheric occurrences 30,000 feet above ground. To date, our limited knowledge of the atmosphere at these lofty heights and computational constraints make the diagnosis of this heart condition difficult and uncertain. With rapid development in technology that will allow us to better observe and simulate the atmosphere, this difficulty, which clouds our ability to assess future climate change, may be overcome by future generations.

Var Limpasuvan is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Coastal Carolina University (CCU). By training, he is a physics teacher with research interests in the dynamics of earth's ever-changing atmosphere. During his first year at CCU (2000), he was recognized as the "Professor of the Year" by the student body. In 2007, he received the "South Carolina Governor's Young Scientist Award for Scientific Excellence". To date, he has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on atmospheric disturbances and their roles in altering large-scale flows.

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