It turns out grad students’ paradise exists. A higher than 1 to 1 prof – student ratio at the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS), founded in 2003 as the outcome of a 40-year long collaboration between Princeton University’s Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Program and NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL).

I paste below part of the SICS mission statement – it reads like a spell-out of ecological thinking:

…the co-evolution of society and the environment – integrating physical, chemical, biological, technological, economic, social and ethical dimensions of climate change – and … educating the next generations to deal with the increasing complexity of these issues. (emphasis mine)

As of Jan 29, 2010, the CICS People page lists 32 GFDL-based and 12 Princeton-based members, of whom 26 research, 12 GSs, 1 visitor, 5 admin.

Of note are several seminar series (STEP has some PPts online):

  • GFDL seminars – upcoming
  • Geosciences series
  • STEP (= Science, Technology and Enviro Policy; within the Program headed by Prof. Michael Oppenheimer), whose speakers include academics working in areas related to climate and the environment, policy makers, science writers – going back to 1999.
  • Biochemistry

The research data above were gathered in prep for and subsequent to a talk by Prof. V. Balaji, head of GFDL, hosted by UofT’s Physics Dept. (Atmospheric Physics group) on June 8, 2010 [see ES post]