Govindasamy Bala

Indian Institute of Science, India

Govindasamy Bala is an expert in climate change and carbon cycle science. He is an acknowledged leader in modeling the global climate system. He has conducted basic research in climate science that has profound climate-policy implications, for instance: his papers in 2007 and 2008 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on the climate and carbon cycle consequences of large-scale deforestation and the impacts of geoengineering on the global water cycle, respectively, have provided profound scientific insights into the climatic effects of land cover changes and the potential side effects of geoengineering methods. In essence, Bala has searched for simple but fundamental and robust properties in the complex earth system. Since climate science is an interdisciplinary subject, Professor Bala has worked on a wide range of topics in his research career. Since 1994, he published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers on diverse research areas in climate and carbon cycle science, effects of latent heating on mid-latitude cyclone intensity, climate modeling of land cover and land use change, geoengineering and its impacts on the global water cycle, CO2-fertlization and CO2–physiological effects on climate and global carbon and water cycles, and fast and slow feedbacks in the climate system. His citation index is about 1800 as of April 2012. Bala obtained his Ph.D. degree in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from McGill University, in 1994. For his postdoctoral research, he worked at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University. Professor Bala joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 1996 where he used climate and carbon cycle models to understand climate change due to greenhouse gases, land-use change, and geoengineering. He joined the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2008 as an Associate Professor where he continued to pursue his research interests in climate and carbon cycle science.

Biography Updated on 22 May 2012

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