Wallace S. Broecker

Newberry Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Geochemistry
301 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
Phone: 
(845) 365-8413
Fax: 
(845) 365-8155
Fields of interest: 
Role of the oceans in climate change using isotopes.

As I sometimes tell my students My research is directed toward the role of the oceans in climate change. Over the last several hundred thousand years, the folks in the back room who designed our planet were pretty clever. We have clear evidence that different parts of the earth's climate system are linked in very subtle yet dramatic ways.

The climate system has jumped from one mode of operation to another in the past. We are trying to understand how the earth's climate system is engineered climate change has come mainly in discrete jumps that appear to be related to changes in the mode of thermohaline circulation.

We place strong emphasis on using isotopes as a means to understand physical mixing and chemical cycling in the ocean ,so we can understand what it takes to trigger mode switches. Until we do and the climate history as recorded in marine sediments.  ,we cannot make good predictions about future climate change. and the climate history as recorded in marine sediments.

  • Broecker and Clark planktonic foraminifera weight database ( details )

 

Education
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D.
1958
Master of Arts
1954
Bachelor of Arts
Columbia
1953