Lecture on “Linkages Between the Water, Energy and Carbon Cycles in the Global Climate System”

25 Apr 2023

IIT Bombay organised an Institute lecture on Monday, March 13, 2023. The speaker was Prof. Dara Entekhabi, Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

Prof. Entekhabi’s topic was the “Linkages Between the Water, Energy, and Carbon Cycles in the Global Climate System.” He spoke about how water, energy, and carbon cycles together maintain the climate system and support life on Earth. The cycles are intimately linked together. As a result, perturbations in one can affect the other cycles and how strongly or weakly they are linked determines how modifications of one cycle transfer to another.

Prof. Dara Entekhabi received his B.S. (1983) and M.S. degrees (1985, 1988) in geography from Clark University, Worcester, MA, and his Ph.D. degree (1990) in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. He is currently a Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT. He is the Science Team lead for NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission that was launched on January 31, 2015. His research includes terrestrial remote sensing, data assimilation, and coupled land–atmosphere systems modelling. Prof. Entekhabi is also a fellow of the AMS, AGU, and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).