Judith Curry

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Judith A. Curry
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Nationality American
Alma mater Northern Illinois University, University of Chicago
Thesis The formation of continental polar air (1982)
Website
Curry's home pageCurry's Blog

Judith A. Curry is an American climatologist and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include hurricanes, remote sensing, atmospheric modeling, polar climates, air-sea interactions, and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for atmospheric research. She is a member of the National Research Council's Climate Research Committee.[1]

Curry is the co-author of Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans (1999), and co-editor of Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences (2002), as well as over 140 scientific papers. Among her awards is the Henry G. Houghton Research Award from the American Meteorological Society in 1992.

Education[edit]

Curry graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. She earned her PhD degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1982.[2]

Career[edit]

Curry is a professor and Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology and has held this position since 2002.[3] Curry serves on NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee whose mission is to provide advise and recommendations to NASA on issues of program priorities and policy. She is a recent member of the NOAA Climate Working Group[3][4] and a former member of the National Academies Space Studies Board and Climate Research Group.[3][5]

Curry is a former professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder and has held faculty positions at Penn State University, Purdue, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[3][5] Curry has been active in researching possible connections between hurricane intensity and global warming.[6][7] Her research group has also done research linking the size of hurricanes and resulting damage that showed that, among other things, the size of the hurricanes was an important factor in determining the number of tornadoes spawned by the system.[8]

Curry is the co-author of Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans (1999),[9] and co-editor of Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences (2002).[10] Curry has published over 130 scientific peer reviewed papers.[11] Among her awards is the Henry G. Houghton Research Award from the American Meteorological Society in 1992.[11]

Climate change[edit]

While Judith Curry supports the scientific opinion on climate change,[12] she has argued that climatologists should be more accommodating of those skeptical of the scientific consensus on climate change.[12] Curry has stated she is troubled by what she calls the "tribal nature" of parts of the climate-science community, and what she sees as stonewalling over the release of data and its analysis for independent review.[12]

In February 2010 Curry published an essay called "On the Credibility of Climate Change, Towards Rebuilding Trust" on Watts Up With That? and other blogs.[13] Writing in The New York Times, Andrew Revkin calls the essay a message to young scientists who may have been disheartened by the November 2009 climate change controversy known as "Climategate".[12]

In September 2010, Curry created Climate Etc., a blog related to climate change and hosted by Curry. In the site's "About" section, the blog's purpose is stated as "Climate Etc. provides a forum for climate researchers, academics and technical experts from other fields, citizen scientists, and the interested public to engage in a discussion on topics related to climate science and the science-policy interface."[3]

Curry testified before the US House Subcommittee on Environment in 2013,[14] remarking on the many large uncertainties in forecasting future climate.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Research Council. Review of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office. Committee to Review the U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Project Office, National Academies Press, 2004, p. 35.
  2. ^ "Judith Curry CV". 
  3. ^ a b c d e Judith Curry. "About". Climate Etc. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  4. ^ NOAA National Science Advisory Board, ed. (September 2008). "A Review of the NOAA Climate Services Strategic Plan, Final Report to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration". Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Hurricanes and Global Warming: The Science, Technologies, and Politics". Researcher News (NASA). April 6, 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  6. ^ See, for example:
  7. ^ "Refereed Papers". www.curry.eas.gatech.edu. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hurricanes Spawning More U.S. Tornadoes". www.livescience.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Curry, Judith A.; Webster, Peter J. (1999). Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans. San Diego, California: Academic Press, a division of Harcourt Brace & Company. ISBN 0-12-199570-4. 
  10. ^ Holton, James R.; Curry, Judith A.; Pyle, John A., eds. (2002). Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences. Academic Press, a division of Harcourt Brace & Company. ISBN 978-0-12-227090-1. 
  11. ^ a b "Hurricanes and Global Warming: The Science, Technologies, and Politics". NASA Researcher News. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d Revkin, Andrew (November 27, 2009). "A Climate Scientist Who Engages Skeptics". New York Times. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  13. ^ Turner, Amy. "Richard Dawkins' pro-am clash in the boffins’ blogosphere", The Times, February 28, 2010.[dead link]
  14. ^ Subcommittee on Environment Hearing - Policy Relevant Climate Issues in Context
  15. ^ Congressional Hearing on Policy-Relevant Climate Issues in Context

External links[edit]

General-interest articles by Curry
Books by Curry