Richard P. Turco

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Richard P. Turco
Born1943 (age 75–76)
Alma materRutgers University
University of Illinois
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Doctoral studentsMark Z. Jacobson
Websitewww.atmos.ucla.edu/~turco/

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 the 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.

Works[edit]

  • "Evolution of an impact-generated dust cloud and its effects on the atmosphere", Toon, O. B.; Pollack, J. B.; Ackerman, T. P.; Turco, R. P.; Mckay, C. P.; Liu, M. S., Geological implications of impacts of large asteroids and comets on the earth (A84-25651 10-42) Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America, January 1, 1982, p. 187-200.
  • A Path Where No Man Thought: Nuclear Winter and the End of the Arms Race, Carl Sagan and Richard P. Turco, 1990 Random House, New York ISBN 0-394-58307-8.
  • "Nuclear Winter in the Post-Cold War Era", Carl Sagan and Richard P. Turco, Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 30, No. 4 (Nov., 1993), pp. 369–373
  • "Recent Assessments of the Environmental Consequences of Nuclear War", The Medical implications of nuclear war, Volume 1985, Editors Fredric Solomon, Robert Q. Marston, National Academies, 1986
  • "Atmospheric Chemistry", Climate system modeling, Editor Kevin E. Trenberth, Cambridge University Press, 1992, ISBN 978-0-521-43231-3
  • Earth under siege: from air pollution to global change, Oxford University Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0-19-507286-0

References[edit]

  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.
  3. ^ https://honors.agu.org/sfg-award-lecture/future-horizons-climate-science-turco-lectureship/

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