Judith A. Curry
|Education||B.Sc. in geography, Ph.D. in geophysical sciences|
|Alma mater||Northern Illinois University, (B.Sc., 1974)|
University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1982)
|Website||Curry's home page – Curry's blog|
Judith A. Curry is an American climatologist and former 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. As of 2017, she has retired from academia.
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.
Regarding climate change, she thinks that the IPCC reports typically neglect what she calls the "Uncertainty Monster" in projecting future climate trends, which she calls a "wicked problem." Curry also hosts a popular science blog in which she writes on topics related to climate science and the science-policy interface. In 2019 she stated that she would not “bother with” peer-reviewed journals, in favor of publishing her own papers so that she could editorialize and write what she wanted “without worrying about the norms and agendas of the ‘establishment.’”.
Curry graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Geography. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1982.
Curry was a Professor and former Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology; she held the latter position from 2002 to 2013. Curry serves on NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee whose mission is to provide advice and recommendations to NASA on issues of program priorities and policy. She is a recent member of the NOAA Climate Working Group and a former member of the National Academies Space Studies Board and Climate Research Group.
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. Curry has been active in researching possible connections between hurricane intensity and global warming. 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.
Curry is the co-author of Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans (1999), and co-editor of Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences (2002). Curry has published over 130 scientific peer reviewed papers. Among her awards is the Henry G. Houghton Research Award from the American Meteorological Society in 1992.
Judith Curry has argued that climatologists should be more accommodating of those skeptical of the scientific consensus on climate change. 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.
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. 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 Climatic Research Unit email controversy.
- 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.
- Curry, Judith. "JC in transition". Climate Etc. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
- Waldman, Scott (2017-01-04). "Judith Curry retires, citing 'craziness' of climate science". ClimateWire. Environment & Energy Publishing. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
- Curry, Judith A.; Webster, Peter J. (2011). "Climate Science and the Uncertainty Monster". Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 175 (12): 1667–1682. Bibcode:2011BAMS...92.1667C. doi:10.1175/2011BAMS3139.1.
- Curry, Judith A. (2010-11-17). "Statement to the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the United States House of Representatives" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-08-03.
- About Climate Etc.
- Curry, Judith (August 22, 2019). "Climate Change: What's the Worst Case?". judithcurry.com. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
- "Judith Curry CV".
- Judith Curry (2010-08-25). "About". Climate Etc. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
- 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" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
- "Hurricanes and Global Warming: The Science, Technologies, and Politics". Researcher News (NASA). April 6, 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
- See, for example:
- Curry, J.A.; Webster, P.J.; Holland, G.J. (2006), "Mixing Politics and Science in Testing the Hypothesis That Greenhouse Warming Is Causing a Global Increase in Hurricane Intensity" (PDF), Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 87 (8): 1025–1037, Bibcode:2006BAMS...87.1025C, doi:10.1175/BAMS-87-8-1025
- Webster PJ, Holland GJ, Curry JA, Chang HR (September 2005). "Changes in tropical cyclone number, duration, and intensity in a warming environment". Science. 309 (5742): 1844–6. Bibcode:2005Sci...309.1844W. doi:10.1126/science.1116448. PMID 16166514.
- "Refereed Papers". www.curry.eas.gatech.edu. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- "Hurricanes Spawning More U.S. Tornadoes". Live Science. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
- Curry, Judith A.; Webster, Peter J. (1999). Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans. San Diego, California: Academic Press, a division of Harcourt Brace & Company. ISBN 978-0-12-199570-6.
- 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.
- "Hurricanes and Global Warming: The Science, Technologies, and Politics". NASA Researcher News. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- Revkin, Andrew (November 27, 2009). "A Climate Scientist Who Engages Skeptics". New York Times. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- Turner, Amy. "Richard Dawkins' pro-am clash in the boffins’ blogosphere", The Times, February 28, 2010.[dead link]
- Curry's home page, accessed May 21, 2010.
- Climate Etc., Curry's blog.
- Email interview of Judith Curry by Keith Kloor, April 23, 2010. Curry also responds to questions in the comments thread (scroll down).
- Profile of Curry at Scientific American, October 25, 2010
- Curry responds to the SciAm profile
- Interview of Judith Curry at Oilprice.com, Feb 27, 2012.
- Study: Less Arctic ice means more U.S. snow, Feb 27, 2012. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1003336107)
- General-interest articles by Curry
- "State of the Climate Debate", Judith Curry presentation at the National Press Club, Sept. 2014, includes slideshow (pdf) and video
- Opinion: Can scientists rebuild the public trust in climate science? at Physics Today, February 24, 2010
- Curry's open letter to graduate students and young scientists in fields related to climate research at Joseph Romm's "Climate Progress", November 27, 2009.
- Curry: On the credibility of climate research at Climate Audit, Nov 22, 2009
- Earlier climate policy articles by Curry, 2003–2008
- Books by Curry