Recovery of a CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) sensor at sea.
Monitoring atmospheric chemistry using mass spectrometers built at Caltech.
The Alvin submersible returns from a dive.
Sampling for cosmogenic exposure dating, Kauai.

Scientists from a broad range of disciplines are collaborating at The Linde Center to generate a comprehensive understanding of our global environment—including the impacts of human activities on it. They investigate Earth's atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, and biosphere and their mutual interactions, characterizing their present and past states through innovative measurements, developing models to describe their evolution, and synthesizing measurements and models to produce sound predictions of the future. Among the questions addressed at The Linde Center are:

  • How has Earth's climate varied in the past and how will it change in the future?
  • How does pollution affect air quality locally and far from its sources, and how does it affect cloud cover and climate change?
  • What happens to carbon dioxide after it enters the atmosphere?

The Linde Center is located within the unique Linde + Robinson Laboratory, likely the most energy-efficient laboratory building in the United States. The Linde + Robinson Laboratory and nearby buildings house state-of-the art laboratories for oceanography, atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemistry, environmental microbiology, and environmental chemistry and technology.

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Recent Publications

Jasper, Justin T. and Shafaat, Oliver S. and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2016) Electrochemical Transformation of Trace Organic Contaminants in Latrine Wastewater. Environmental Science and Technology, 50 (18). pp. 10198-10208. ISSN 0013-936X.

Tröstl, Jasmin and Craven, Jill S. and Flagan, Richard C. (2016) The role of low-volatility organic compounds in initial particle growth in the atmosphere. Nature, 533 (7604). pp. 527-531. ISSN 0028-0836.

Stolper, Daniel A. and Eiler, John M. (2016) Constraints on the formation and diagenesis of phosphorites using carbonate clumped isotopes. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta . ISSN 0016-7037. (In Press)

Dupuy, Eric and Roehl, Coleen M. and Wennberg, Paul O. (2016) Comparison of XH_2O Retrieved from GOSAT Short-Wavelength Infrared Spectra with Observations from the TCCON Network. Remote Sensing, 8 (5). Art. No. 414. ISSN 2072-4292.

Brient, Florent and Schneider, Tapio (2016) Constraints on Climate Sensitivity from Space-Based Measurements of Low-Cloud Reflection. Journal of Climate, 29 (16). pp. 5821-5835. ISSN 0894-8755.

Duplissy, J. and Flagan, R. C. (2016) Effect of ions on sulfuric acid-water binary particle formation: 2. Experimental data and comparison. Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres, 121 (4). pp. 1752-1775. ISSN 2169-897X.

Larsen, Isaac J. and Lamb, Michael P. (2016) Progressive incision of the Channeled Scablands by outburst floods. Nature, 538 (7624). pp. 229-232. ISSN 0028-0836.

Yang, Yang and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2016) Multi-layer anode for saline wastewater treatment: Manipulating oxidant generation pathway by TiO_2 thin film deposition. In: 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, March 13-17, 2016, San Diego, CA.

Yang, Yang and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2016) Synthesis and Stabilization of Blue-Black TiO_2 Nanotube Arrays for Electrochemical Oxidant Generation and Wastewater Treatment. Environmental Science and Technology . ISSN 0013-936X. (In Press)

Trembath-Reichert, Elizabeth and Case, David H. and Orphan, Victoria J. (2016) Characterization of microbial associations with methanotrophic archaea and sulfate-reducing bacteria through statistical comparison of nested Magneto-FISH enrichments. PeerJ, 4 . Art. No. e1913. ISSN 2167-8359. PMCID PMC4841229.

Fradet, Danielle T. and Tavormina, Patricia L. and Orphan, Victoria J. (2016) Members of the methanotrophic genus Methylomarinum inhabit inland mud pots. PeerJ, 4 . Art. No. e2116. ISSN 2167-8359. PMCID PMC4950536.

Nakajima, Miki and Ingersoll, Andrew P. (2016) Controlled boiling on Enceladus. 1. Model of the vapor-driven jets. Icarus, 272 . pp. 309-318. ISSN 0019-1035.

Hoyle, C. R. and Craven, J. and Flagan, R. C. (2016) Aqueous phase oxidation of sulphur dioxide by ozone in cloud droplets. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16 (3). pp. 1693-1712. ISSN 1680-7324.

Sessions, Alex L. (2016) Review: Factors Controlling the Deuterium Contents of Sedimentary Hydrocarbons. Organic Geochemistry . ISSN 0146-6380. (In Press)

Gladstone, G. Randall and Wong, Michael L. and Yung, Yuk L. (2016) The atmosphere of Pluto as observed by New Horizons. Science, 351 (6279). Art. No. aad8866. ISSN 0036-8075.

Enami, Shinichi and Hoffmann, Michael R. and Colussi, A. J. (2016) Halogen Radical Chemistry at Aqueous Interfaces. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 120 (31). pp. 6242-6248. ISSN 1089-5639.

Lehtipalo, Katrianne and Downard, Andrew J. and Flagan, Richard C. (2016) The effect of acid–base clustering and ions on the growth of atmospheric nano-particles. Nature Communications, 7 . Art. No. 11594. ISSN 2041-1723.

Wirth, Stefanie B. and Sessions, Alex L. (2016) Plant-wax D/H ratios in the southern European Alps record multiple aspects of climate variability. Quaternary Science Reviews, 148 . pp. 176-191. ISSN 0277-3791.

Kim, J. and Flagan, R. C. (2016) Hygroscopicity of nanoparticles produced from homogeneous nucleation in the CLOUD experiments. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16 (1). pp. 293-304. ISSN 1680-7316.

Willacy, K. and Allen, M. and Yung, Y. (2016) A new astrobiological model of the atmosphere of Titan. Astrophysical Journal, 829 (2). Art. No. 79. ISSN 0004-637X.

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Linde Center for Global Environmental Science
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd., MC 131-24
Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone: (626) 395-8731

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