Climate may or may not be deterministic. We shall probably never know for sure, but as further mathematical theory is developed, and as more realistic models are constructed, we may become more and more confident of our opinions. — Edward Lorenz, “Climate determinism” (1968)
Understanding and predicting global climate change may be one of the most complex scientific challenges faced today. The Lorenz Center, a climate think tank devoted to fundamental inquiry at MIT, aims to foster new approaches to learning how climate works by emphasizing curiosity-driven research.
Kerry A. Emanuel, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Meteorology, and Daniel H. Rothman, Professor of Geophysics, are leading this effort, which is named after their late colleague Edward N. Lorenz, the founder of modern chaos theory and an early contributor to theoretical climate science.