Peter Rhines visits us from the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography. His research interests include: High latitude climate: field observations in the subpolar Atlantic; Geophysical Fluid Dynamics laboratory, theory and observations of waves and circulation; atmospheric dynamics; oceanic eddies and their relation with the general circulation; teaching environmental science and its relationships with human activity.
Linda Mearns is an expert in regional climate change and its impacts. She draws on computer simulations to develop scenarios for decision makers who are preparing for the societal and environmental impacts of climate change. Mearns also investigates the effects of climate change on agriculture and on human health, particularly in relationship to the frequency of extreme weather events such as heat waves.