Steven Sherwood

The University of New South Wales, Australia

Steven Sherwood is currently Director of the Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His previous positions included Professor of geophysics at Yale University, New Haven, CT, Visiting Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Postdoctoral Associate at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1995 from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, USA, after having earned an M.S. degree from the University of California in 1991 in engineering physics, and a B.S. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. Professor Sherwood's research includes theoretical and observational analysis of physical processes in the atmosphere and how they interact with climate. He is known primarily for his work on atmospheric water vapour, particularly in the stratosphere and the crucial upper-troposphere region, where water vapor is an important natural greenhouse gas. He has also done modelling and satellite study of deep cumulus convection addressing microphysics and cloud-scale dynamics, studies of larger-scale tropical dynamics, and has developed novel statistical methodologies to interpret historical climate records more accurately. This work has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, and the Australian Research Council. In 2005, Professor Sherwood was awarded the American Meteorological Society's prestigious Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award. He serves as a Lead Author of the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on the Physical Science basis of climate change and was a Lead Author of the first report of the United States' Climate Change Science Program in 2006. He is also a Coinvestigator of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence in Climate System Science.

Biography Updated on 23 September 2012

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