Distinguished researcher Gerald Meehl has been elected to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2014 Class of Fellows. Meehl, recognized for outstanding contributions in the area of Earth and Space Sciences, will be recognized on December 17, at the Honors Ceremony and Banquet during the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
Meehl is a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and principal investigator in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional and Global Climate Modeling program. He was cited for "being a world leader in advancing understanding of the mechanisms and potential effects of human-caused climate change." His research focuses on identifying possible effects on global climate, including interactions between naturally-occurring internal climate variability and changing anthropogenic forcings, such as carbon dioxide, and natural forcings, such as solar variability.
He has been involved with all five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate change assessment reports, serving as contributing author (1990), lead author (1995), coordinating lead author (2001, 2007), and most recently lead author on the near-term climate change chapter for the IPCC AR5 that was completed in 2013. As a part of the IPCC team, he and his colleagues around the world shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Meehl is also a Fellow at the American Meteorological Society and has received several awards and honors, including the Jule G. Charney Award.
Of the numerous nominations, AGU honored 62 individuals who have made exceptional scientific contributions. Congratulations!