Richard P. Turco

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Richard P. Turco
Born 1943 (age 74–75)
Alma mater Rutgers University
University of Illinois
Scientific career
Institutions University of California, Los Angeles
Doctoral students Mark Z. Jacobson

Richard Peter "Rich" Turco (born 1943) is an American atmospheric scientist, and Professor at the Institute of the Environment, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.[1] He won an award in 1986, from MacArthur Fellows Program.

Turco was lead author of a prominent paper published in 1983 in Science [2] that reported computer calculations of the reduction of solar irradiance at the surface of Earth due to absorption of radiation by smoke that would result from a putative large-scale nuclear exchange. The phenomenon, which became known as nuclear winter, garnered much public attention.

In 2018 the American Geophysical Union established the "Future Horizons in Climate Science: Turco Lectureship" [3] through a donation by Richard P. and Linda S. Turco. The lectureship highlights signal research on climate change through noteworthy lectures by recognized leaders in the field.



  1. ^ "Richard P. Turco". UCLA. 
  2. ^ R. P. Turco; O. B. Toon; T. P. Ackerman; J. B. Pollack & Carl Sagan (23 December 1983). "Nuclear Winter: Global Consequences of Multiple Nuclear Explosions". Science. 222 (4630): 1283–92. Bibcode:1983Sci...222.1283T. doi:10.1126/science.222.4630.1283. PMID 17773320.
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