Distinguished Professor Joellen Russell with her friend and mentor Syukuro "Suki" Manabe in 2019 - he just won the 2021 Physics Nobel Prize for climate modeling!

Oct. 11, 2021

 Here is our own Distinguished Professor Joellen Russell with her friend and mentor Syukuro "Suki" Manabe in 2019 - he just won the 2021 Physics Nobel for climate modeling! Suki Manabe is the grandfather of numerical climate modeling; he published the results of the first coupled climate model simulation - including both an atmosphere and an ocean - back in 1969. As Manabe stated during his 2018 Crafoord Prize Lecture, "Climate models have become the most powerful tool not only for predicting climate change but also for understanding it."

Our University of Arizona climate model is named UA_MCM where MCM stands for “Manabe Climate Model”. Manabe's longtime collaborator, Ron Stouffer (one of the three most cited climate scientists in the world) is an Adjunct Faculty Member here in the UA Dept of Geosciences and has been since he retired from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in 2014. Ron implemented and ran all the necessary climate model simulations on the UA HPC to have the UA_MCM be the first climate model from a University (not a National Lab) included in a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report. You can find the results of our simulations at: https://esgf-node.llnl.gov/projects/cmip6/.    

Ron and Suki are shown together from back in the day (1990) in front of GFDL in Princeton, NJ.
Also shown is a picture of Ron at lunch with the Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory here in Tucson (pre-pandemic, of course!).
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