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A45A. Atmospheric Sciences Plenary Session

Extreme Events: Dynamics, Statistics and Prediction

Thursday, 16 May, 6:15 P.M.

 Gran Cancun 1

Michael Ghil is a Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, and founder of its Environmental Research and Teaching Institute. He is also a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was Chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (1988–1992) and Director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (1992–2003). Ghil is a world leader in theoretical climate dynamics. He has applied systematically ideas and methods from nonlinear dynamics to planetary-scale flows, atmospheric and oceanic. He has used these methods to proceed from simple flows with high temporal regularity and spatial symmetry to the observed flows, with their complex behavior in space and time. His studies of climate variability on many time scales have used a full hierarchy of models, from the simplest ‘‘toy’’ models all the way to atmospheric, oceanic, and coupled general circulation models. Ghil has worked on climate dynamics, dynamical and complex systems, extreme events, numerical and statistical methods, and most recently mathematical economics. He is the author or editor of a dozen books and author or co-author of nearly 300 research and review articles. His honors and awards include the Lorenz Lecture of the AGU (2005), the Alfred Wegener Medal of the European Geosciences Union (2012), and membership in the Academia Europaea (1998).