Climate Dynamics Chair Shukla Part of Nobel-Winning IPCC

Posted: October 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Jagadish Shukla
Jagadish Shukla

Jagadish Shukla, chair of the Climate Dynamics Program at Mason, is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore.

Shukla was one of the lead authors of the chapter, “Climate Models and their Evaluation,” which was part of the larger IPCC report released earlier this year, “Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis.”

The IPCC and Al Gore were awarded the Nobel “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

Shukla is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific papers and has made significant contributions to the understanding of the predictability of short-term climate fluctuations. His scientific contributions include research on monsoon dynamics, deforestation, desertification, tropical predictability and climate variability.

Just this summer, the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization awarded Shukla with the 52nd International Meteorological Organization Prize, which is the most prestigious prize in the world in meteorology. In 2005, he received the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society, and in 2001 he received the first international Sir Gilbert Walker Gold Medal from the Indian Meteorological Society.

Shukla is also president of the Institute of Global Environment and Society and founder of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, a premier research center devoted to an improved understanding of climate variability and predictability.

A committed teacher, Shukla regularly teaches undergraduates and graduates the policies and science behind climate change. Shukla has supervised more than 15 PhD students at MIT, the University of Maryland and Mason. In fall 2008, Shukla, along with professors Jim Kinter and Emilia K. Jin, will introduce a brand-new course for undergraduates, “Weather, Climate and Society,” that will provide a survey of the scientific and societal issues associated with weather and climate variability and change.

The IPCC was established by the World Meteorological Organization and United Nations Environment Program in 1988. The IPCC assesses scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

Shukla will offer a talk titled “Global Warming: the Known, the Unknown and the Unknowable” on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mason Hall Edwin Meese III Conference Room on the Fairfax Campus.

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