Will Jagadish Shukla become a new chairman of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)?
Shukla was one of the lead authors of the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former vice president Al Gore.
In that same year, Shukla received the International Meteorological Organization Prize, considered to be the highest prize in meteorology in the world. He also was appointed to the Virginia Commission on Climate Change by former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.
Over the years, Shukla and his group of scientists have made numerous contributions to the field of climate dynamics. One significant contribution was harvesting seasonal predictability in spite of chaotic weather.
“Before we started our work, people thought that weather was predictable for only a few days, and climate was not predictable,” says Shukla. “We were the first ones to show that there is predictability in the midst of chaos.”
In a paper published by Geophysical Research Letters, Shukla and his coauthors present a detailed mathematical analysis of model simulations predicting the estimates of global warming to be 4 to 5 degrees Centigrade as opposed to the IPCC’s estimate of 2 to 4 degrees Centigrade.
“While a warming of 2 to 4 degrees is cause for serious concern, the higher estimate of 4 to 5 degrees could affect the habitability of our planet,” says Shukla.
Shukla and the COLA scientists have been widely influential through their work on climate variability.
Not only do the researchers serve on many international panels and committees, but they also are active in helping to set up weather and climate centers worldwide.
Source: Mason Research 2010
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