Prof. Adam Sobel has been awarded an AXA Award in Climate and Extreme Weather from the AXA Research Fund. The award is €250,000 for a two-year research project. Prof. Sobel and several colleagues, at the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Lamont), will use the award to study the local dynamics and global patterns of extreme precipitation and other extreme weather events.
Prof. Sobel and colleagues at SEAS, Lamont, and other schools and units of Columbia are currently working to establish a new research initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. This initiative will take advantage of the broad expertise that already exists across the University in both the science of extreme weather events – such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and heat waves – and their relation to climate, as well as both the societal impacts of these events and possible engineering solutions. The AXA award will provide the first external support to this new emerging initiative.
Prof. Sobel is the first AXA awardee; the AXA Awards have just been created as a new instrument by the AXA Research Fund to spur and accelerate the pace of academic innovation. They are designed to support mid-career researchers with extremely high potential for innovation in their fields and are awarded by AXA’s Scientific Board following recommendations made by independent Search Committees composed of eminent academics.