Louis Block Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences
University of Chicago
Areas of Expertise:
- Climate change, climate simulation
- Mars: Climate
Pierrehumbert studies the physics of climate, especially regarding the long-term evolution of the climates of Earth and Mars. Previously, he directed the Climate Systems Center, which was established with a $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop software for rapidly conducting advanced climate simulations. Pierrehumbert was an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Third Assessment Report (1997-2001). He also was a member of the National Research Council's Panel on Abrupt Climate Change and its Societal Impacts (2000-2001), and currently serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Panel on abrupt change. Pierrehumbert was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 1996-1997.