The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has named Dr. Andrew Dessler, professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, as recipient of an inaugural award. The Atmospheric Sciences Section Ascent Award recognizes Dessler's excellence as a leader and researcher in atmospheric sciences. AGU established the award to honor up to four early to mid-career outstanding atmospheric scientists. AGU cites Dessler in particular for "his creative and incisive studies of the influences of water and clouds in the climate system."
AGU cites Dessler in particular for “his creative and incisive studies of the influences of water and clouds in the climate system.” Dr. Gerald North, an AGU Fellow and professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, nominated Dessler for the award. "The Ascent Award is for research excellence, but I believe other things enter such as Andy's books and his great communications skills and accomplishments. He also happens to be a great teacher and mentor," North said.
Dessler has been on the cutting edge of climate research for the last decade, focusing on the role of water vapor and clouds in the climate system and on the political environment surrounding climate change. He has written two books on these subjects and highly cited articles, including a 2010 Science magazine article, "A determination of the cloud feedback from climate variations over the past decade." He has also served on several national climate policy advisory committees. The Ascent Award is only the latest in a series of recognitions for Dessler's research and leadership in the science community, including a NASA New Investigator Award in 1999, the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellowship in 2006 and a Google Science Communication Fellow in 2011.
Dessler will receive his award at the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section Banquet on December 4, 2012, at the annual AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. He will be given a certificate and a $1,000 prize for his achievement. With 60,000 members from 148 countries, AGU represents the largest professional organization for geoscientists.
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July 16, 2011
By Lowell West