Shukla Honored with American Meteorological Society’s Rossby Medal

Posted: January 24, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jagadish Shukla
Jagadish Shukla
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Jagadish Shukla, professor in the School of Computational Sciences (SCS), has been awarded the 2005 Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) for “fundamental contributions and inspired leadership in understanding the variability and predictability of the climate system on seasonal to interannual time scales.” The award, the highest the society bestows, was presented at the AMS annual meeting earlier this month. A reception in Shukla’s honor will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the Mason Hall Alumni Atrium.

Shukla, who is chair of the Climate Dynamics Program in SCS, is also president of the Institute of Global Environment and Society and founder of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), a premier research center devoted to an improved understanding of climate variability and predictability.

Shukla is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific papers. He has received the Walker Gold Medal of the Indian Meteorological Society and the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Fellow of the Indian Meteorological Society, and Associate Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Program.

The climate scientist has served as chair or member of numerous national and international committees 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. His research has established that there is predictability in the midst of chaos, and that there is a scientific basis for short-term climate prediction.

Shukla was born in Mirdha, India. He earned his PhD from Banaras Hindu University, India, and his ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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