Natalie Mahowald

Natalie Mahowald (EAS) is part of an international scientific effort to assess the current state of climate change as a lead author on the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report 

Mahowald Major Contributor to Climate Change Report

January 31, 2013

Natalie Mahowald

Natalie Mahowald (EAS) is part of an international scientific effort to assess the current state of climate change as a lead author on the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report, due out by 2014. Her group is responsible for the crucial first chapter on the report’s philosophy and new developments in the physical science of climate change. She also contributed to chapters on aerosols and paleoclimate. The IPCC has produced four previous Assessment Reports that are central in scientific and policy debates over climate change, and for that work the IPCC was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007.

Natalie MahowaldNatalie Mahowald (EAS)

Mahowald also coordinates a new climate change minor at Cornell that is giving undergraduates the opportunity to explore climate change from many disciplinary perspectives. “The minor emphasizes the diverse courses at Cornell touching on climate change, since students across the disciplines will confront the impacts of the Earth’s changing climate and need to understand how to solve related problems,” said Mahowald.

“As an undergraduate physics major, I was trying to decide what to do with my life,” Mahowald remembered. “I wanted to use fluid dynamics to solve environmental questions, so I decided to focus on air pollution, which requires understanding fluid dynamics at small and large scales. That work became my first experience with cross-disciplinary sustainability research.”