Rutgers Scientists Contributed to Nobel-Winning Climate Assessments

Photo: Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Dr. Alan Robock at the American Geophysical Union Conference.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Dr. Alan Robock at the American Geophysical Union Conference.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on October 12 that the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize would be awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore "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."

Several Rutgers scientists were participants in the IPCC and contributed to its series of climate assessments as contributing authors or reviewers. They are Richard Anyah, research associate; Anthony Broccoli, associate professor; Alan Robock, professor II; and Georgiy Stenchikov, research professor, all in the Department of Environmental Sciences; Paul Falkowski, professor II, and Jennifer Francis, research professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences; David Robinson, professor, Department of Geography; and Monica Mazurek, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

In an October 12 IPCC press release, Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, stated, "This is an honour that goes to all the scientists and authors who have contributed to the work of the IPCC, which alone has resulted in enormous prestige for this organization and the remarkable effectiveness of the message that it contains."

The role of the IPCC is to assess, on a comprehensive, objective, and transparent basis, the scientific, technical, and socio-economic information relevant to understanding human-induced climate change and its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. The IPCC does not carry out research nor does it monitor climate-related data or other relevant parameters. It bases its assessment mainly on peer-reviewed and published scientific/technical literature. The ongoing climate change research at Rutgers is part of the global body of work that formed the basis for the IPCC reports.

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