Congratulations to Professor Adam Sobel who has been awarded the 2014 AGU Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award.
Established in 2012, the Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award aims to reward exceptional mid-career (academic, government, and private sector) scientists in the fields of the atmospheric and climate sciences. “Mid-career” is defined here as between 8 and 20 years post-Ph.D or the scientist’s highest degree. The only criterion for the award is that the applicant demonstrates excellence in research and leadership in his or her field. The Award consists of a certificate, $1000, and dinner at the Section Banquet during the AGU Fall Meeting
The award will be presented to Adam at the Atmospheric Sciences Banquet on Tuesday evening, December 16, during the AGU Fall meeting in San Francisco.
Inspired by the opportunity for breakthrough science and his love of warm weather, Sobel has dedicated himself to the study of tropical dynamics after completing his PhD at MIT, where he studied the stratospheric polar vortex. “I’ve stuck with the tropics and haven’t looked back, although in recent years I have started to get back into some higher-latitude problems,” Sobel says.
Prof. Sobel was recently awarded a two-year AXA Award (the first AXA awardee) to investigate extreme weather and climate change. One aspect of his work will consider a theoretical approach to understanding how cumulus clouds interact with large-scale circulations both inside and outside the tropics.
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.
Adam’s widely anticipated book on Superstorm Sandy, titled "Storm Surge" will be published by Harper-Collins in mid-October.