Alan Robock

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Alan Robock (born 1949) is an American climatologist. He is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, New Jersey.[1] He advocates nuclear disarmament and has met with Fidel Castro during a lecture trip to Cuba discuss the dangers of nuclear weapons.[2][3] Alan Robock was a 2007 IPCC author, a member of the organisation when it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, "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".[4][5]

Life and work[edit]

Robock has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin (1970), a S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1974) and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977) in Meteorology under advisor Edward Norton Lorenz.[citation needed]

In 2011, he and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, among others, were part of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences panel, to discuss and advise the Vatican on climate engineering.[6] Robock was a lead author in Working Group I for the 2013 published Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Chapter 8).[7] In 2017, Robock published an open letter in the Huffington Post, addressed at Donald Trump, warning him about nuclear weapons, and nuclear winter.[8]


Robock has researched nuclear winter,[9][10][11][12][13] the Toba catastrophe theory,[14] the little ice age, the effect of volcanic eruptions on climate, soil moisture, human impacts of climate change, regional atmosphere-hydrology modeling, and geoengineering.



  1. ^ "Alan Robock". Rutgers University. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
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  4. ^ a b "Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability". IPCC. 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "The Nobel Peace Prize 2007". Noble Prize. 2007. 
  6. ^ Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (2011). "Geoengineering: The good, the MAD, and the sensible". PNAS. Bibcode:2011PNAS..10820277S. doi:10.1073/pnas.1115966108. 
  7. ^ IPCC (2013). "Fifth Assessment Report: Working Group I (Chapter 8)". IPCC. 
  8. ^ "An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump about Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Winter". Huffington Post. 2017. 
  9. ^ Robock, Alan; Luke Oman; Georgiy L. Stenchikov; Owen B. Toon; Charles Bardeen & Richard P. Turco (2007). "Climatic consequences of regional nuclear conflicts" (PDF). Atmos. Chem. Phys. 7 (8): 2003–12. doi:10.5194/acp-7-2003-2007. 
  10. ^ Robock, Alan; Luke Oman & Georgiy L. Stenchikov (2007). "Nuclear winter revisited with a modern climate model and current nuclear arsenals: Still catastrophic consequences" (PDF). J. Geophys. Res. 112: D13107. Bibcode:2007JGRD..11213107R. doi:10.1029/2006JD008235. 
  11. ^ Toon, Owen B.; Richard P. Turco; Alan Robock; Charles Bardeen; Luke Oman & Georgiy L. Stenchikov (2007). "Atmospheric effects and societal consequences of regional scale nuclear conflicts and acts of individual nuclear terrorism" (PDF). Atmos. Chem. Phys. 7 (8): 1973–2002. doi:10.5194/acp-7-1973-2007. 
  12. ^ Toon, Owen B.; Alan Robock; Richard P. Turco; Charles Bardeen; Luke Oman & Georgiy L. Stenchikov (2007). "Consequences of regional-scale nuclear conflicts" (PDF). Science. 315 (5816): 1224–5. doi:10.1126/science.1137747. PMID 17332396. 
  13. ^ Toon, Owen B.; Alan Robock; Richard P. Turco (December 2008). "Environmental consequences of nuclear war". Physics Today: 37–42. Bibcode:2008PhT....61l..37T. doi:10.1063/1.3047679. 
  14. ^ Robock, A.; Ammann, C. M.; Oman, L.; Shindell, D.; Levis, S.; Stenchikov, G. (2009). "Did the Toba volcanic eruption of ∼74 ka B.P. Produce widespread glaciation?". Journal of Geophysical Research. 114: D10107. Bibcode:2009JGRD..11410107R. doi:10.1029/2008JD011652. 
  15. ^ "List of Fellows", American Meteorological Society. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "Alan Robock Wins Prestigious American Meteorological Society Award", (November 24, 2014). Rutgers University. Retrieved May 28, 2017.

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