Friday, August 5, 2022

Stroud Water Research Center Honors Dr. Michael E. Mann, Climate Scientist & Author, With 2022 Stroud Award For Freshwater Excellence

Stroud Water Research Center announced Dr. Michael E. Mann, climate change scientist, author and Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, and Director of the Earth System Science Center, is the 2022 recipient of the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence.

Dr. Mann will be recognized at The Water’s Edge Gala later this year.


Dr. Mann has spent his career investigating climate change, communicating about its reality, and highlighting the politics that seek to undermine action against it.

Mann’s research on climate variability and extremes has been at the forefront of climate change science. 

In 1999, he and his colleagues examined 1,000 years of temperature changes that produced the hockey stick graph, so named because of its pronounced upward curve. 

The data, which combined decades of work by paleoclimate scientists, and its stunning visual presentation served as a smoking gun in the case proving human-induced climate change.

Writing about this work, Mann has said, “Although scientific revolutions in how we see the world do occur, the bulk of our scientific understanding comes from the cumulative impact of numerous incremental studies that together paint an increasingly coherent picture of how nature works.”

To share his knowledge and warn the public about climate change, he has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and five books. 

His most recent work, The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet, examines the thirty-year campaign launched by fossil fuel companies to delay action on climate change and offers a battle plan for how to save the planet.

Currently, Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., is distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center.

This fall, Dr. Mann will become presidential distinguished professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication.

He will also be the inaugural director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media.

Mann received undergraduate degrees in physics and applied math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. in physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from Yale University. 

His research interests include the study of Earth’s climate system and the science, impacts, and policy implications of human-caused climate change.

He has received numerous honors and awards including the Public Engagement With Science Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union, NOAA’s outstanding publication award, and the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union. 

He has also been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leading visionaries in science and technology and one of Bloomberg News’s 50 most influential people.

He is also a co-founder of the award-winning science website

Click Here for a copy of the Stroud announcement. Click Here for past honorees.

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The Chester County-based Stroud Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

[Posted: August 5, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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