Friday, February 8, 2013
TOSHI KUBOTA LECTURE in Aerospace
Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Ian A. Waitz, Dean of the School of Engineering, the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The environmental impacts of aviation–climate change, surface air quality, and community noise–result from complex, uncertain relationships among physical phenomena, technology, operations, policies, and personal behavior. The talk will provide an overview of some of the important relationships. Quantitative estimates of the magnitude of the environmental impacts of aviation will be presented, and key scientific and policy uncertainties will be identified. A particular focus will be on the challenges and opportunities for using such estimates for informing policy-making processes.
This lecture is given to honor the memory of Toshi Kubota (1927-'99), Professor of Aeronautics and a faculty member of GALCIT from 1959 to 1990. He made pioneering contributions in the field of fluid mechanics, focusing on topics such as hypersonic wake flows, supersonic turbulent shear flows, and supersonic boundary layer separation.