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Nobel Prize for climate change scientists

5 December 2007

A Bristol graduate and three Bristol academics contributed to the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was recently awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (jointly with Al Gore).

A Bristol graduate and three Bristol academics contributed to the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was recently awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (jointly with Al Gore).

Richard Betts (BSc 1991), one of the lead authors of the report, said: ‘This news came as a complete surprise to me. The day I received the news turned out to be a very good one indeed because half an hour after hearing about the Nobel Prize, I heard I'd been promoted to a new position of Head of Climate Impacts here at the Met Office Hadley Centre.'

Professor Colin Prentice in the Department of Earth Sciences was the co-ordinating lead author in the Third Assessment Report’s chapter on the carbon cycle and atmospheric carbon dioxide. Joanna House in the Department of Earth Sciences worked with Professor Prentice on that chapter, and was also one of the lead authors of the Synthesis Report and a contributing author on the fourth and most recent report (Chapter 7, ‘Couplings between changes in the climate system and biogeochemistry’). Both contributed to the Fourth Assessment Report as reviewers of several chapters.

Professor Sandy Harrison in School of Geographical Sciences was a contributing author in the Third Assessment Report’s chapters on ‘Model Evaluation’ and ‘Observed Climate Change’.