Richard Alley Named Keynote Speaker for 98th Annual Meeting.
The keynote speaker for the upcoming 98th AMS Annual Meeting will be renowned glaciologist and climate scientist Richard Alley, who serves as the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University. He will be speaking during the Presidential Forum program of the meeting on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Alley's work in glaciology and global climate change is highly regarded, and he is also known as a top science communicator by colleagues and peers, members of Congress, and the public. He was bestowed the AGU Climate Communication Prize in 2016, when Tom Wagner of NASA characterized him as an "excep tional researcher ... an outstanding communicator ... a central figure in policy discourse... [H]is audiences at scientific meetings typically overflow the room, and he is enviably comfortable speaking to eightyear-olds."
He has appeared as a climate expert on a number of television news programs and has authored or coauthored more than 200 articles. He also contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore. Alley has also provided testimony numerous times to both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
AMS Acting-President Dr. Roger Wakimoto said, "Richard Alley is a superb scientist who also has an uncanny ability to communicate effectively with the public. I cannot think of a better person that fits under the theme of the meeting, 'Transforming Communication in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise.'"
Alley has received a number of distinguished honors during his career, including the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award and the Heinz Award, and he is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society. He has also been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was named to the National Academy of Sciences.
The 98th AMS Annual Meeting, to be held next January 7-11 in Austin, Texas, will be host to more than 4,000 weather, water, and climate scientists--one of the largest gatherings of scientists and professionals if its kind.
For more information about the Annual Meeting, visit https://annual.ametsoc.org/20181.
Please note that this year's Presidential Forum will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., rather than during our typical Monday morning time slot. Plan your travel accordingly!
Caption: Richard Alley