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Larissa Back

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison

Personal Tales of Reconciling Observations and Theory

Room 811 AOSS, April 5, 2017, 2:30 PM

Abstract

Scientists often separate into more theoretical or more observationally-based camps. Similarly, models come in varying complexities. On the theoretical end, some models are maximally simple, designed mostly to demonstrate a theory or look at emergent properties. On the more observational end, others are designed to mimic nature as fully as possible. A common thread in my career thus far (and that of many scientists) has been reconciling these observational and theoretical worlds. I will describe some research Iíve done through this lens, and talk about how both observations and theory have shaped some of the problems Iíve pursued.



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