List of climate scientists

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Climate scientists study the statistics of the Earth's temperature (top) and precipitation (bottom) for a better understanding of the climate system.

This list of climate scientists contains famous or otherwise notable persons who have contributed to the study of climate science. The list is not complete or up to date. The list includes scientists from several specialities or disciplines.




  • Ken Caldeira, American, climate engineering, ocean acidification, atmospheric chemistry.
  • Guy Stewart Callendar, English,(February 1898 - October 1964), steam engineer and inventor who proposed what eventually became known as the Callendar effect, the theory that linked rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere to global temperature.
  • Mark Cane, American, modeling and prediction of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation.
  • John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Best known (with Dr. Roy Spencer) for developing the first version of the satellite temperature record.
  • Mat Collins, Joint Met Office Chair in Climate, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter. Quantifying uncertainty in climate projections, dynamics of the El Nino Southern Oscillation, global and regional hydrological cycle changes, Indian Monsoon across multiple time scales, stochastic parameterisation, Arctic predictability.
  • William Connolley, British software engineer, writer, and blogger on climatology. Until December 2007 he was Senior Scientific Officer in the Physical Sciences Division in the Antarctic Climate and the Earth System project at the British Antarctic Survey, where he worked as a climate modeller.
  • Paul J. Crutzen (1933- ), Dutch, stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry, and their role in the biogeochemical cycles and climate.[7]
  • Judith Curry American climatologist and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology



  • Kerry Emanuel (1955- ), American, atmospheric dynamics specializing in hurricanes.[8]
  • Matthew England (1966-), Australian, physical oceanographer and climate dynamicist.




  • Joanna Haigh, (1954- ) British, solar variability
  • Edmund Halley, published a map of the trade winds in 1686 after a voyage to the southern hemisphere.
  • James E. Hansen (1941- ), American, planetary atmospheres, remote sensing, numerical models, and global warming.[10]
  • Stephan Harrison, Associate Professor of Quaternary Science, University of Exeter. Geomorphological responses to climate change[11]
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Canadian, Atmospheric science, global climate models.
  • Gabriele C. Hegerl (1963 - ), Professor of Climate System Science at the University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences.[12]
  • Ann Henderson-Sellers (1952- ), Australian, climate change risk evaluation.[13]
  • John T. Houghton (1931- ), British, atmospheric physics, remote sensing.[14]
  • Mike Hulme (1960- ), British, climate impacts, climate modelling, climate and culture.


  • Phil Jones (1952- ), British, instrumental climate change, palaeoclimatology, detection of climate change.
  • Jean Jouzel, French, glaciologist and climatologist specializing in major climatic shifts


  • Thomas R. Karl (1951- ), American, climate extremes and variability.
  • Charles David Keeling (1928–2005), American, atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements, Keeling Curve.[15]
  • David W. Keith, Canadian, Geoengineering and CO2 capture and storage research, University Professor at SEAS and Harvard Kennedy School
  • Shen Kuo (1031–1095), Chinese scientist who inferred that climates naturally shifted over an enormous span of time, after observing petrified bamboos found underground near Yanzhou (modern day Yan'an, Shaanxi province), a dry-climate area unsuitable for the growth of bamboo[16]












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  13. ^ The Royal Society (1 March 2007). "The science of climate change". Retrieved 7 March 2009. Ann Henderson-Sellers [is]... a leader in describing and predicting the influence of land-cover and land-use change on climate and human systems. 
  14. ^ John Houghton (28 July 2003). "Global warming is now a weapon of mass destruction". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 7 March 2009. As a climate scientist who has worked on this issue for several decades, first as head of the Met Office, and then as co-chair of scientific assessment for the UN intergovernmental panel on climate change, the impacts of global warming are such that I have no hesitation in describing it as a 'weapon of mass destruction'. 
  15. ^ Helen Briggs (2 December 2007). "50 years on: The Keeling Curve legacy". BBC News. Retrieved 7 March 2009. His very precise measurements produced a remarkable data set, which first sounded alarm bells over the build-up of the gas in the atmosphere, and eventually led to the tracking of greenhouse gases worldwide. 
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  17. ^ Australian Academy of Science (9 May 2006). "Earth Scientist Elected New President of Science Academy". Retrieved 12 March 2009. Kurt Lambeck, 64, was elected to the Academy in 1984. He has been at the [Australian National University] since 1977, including 10 years as Director of the Research School of Earth Sciences. His principal research areas have included climate and environmental sciences, geophysics and space science. [dead link]
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