Earth System Science Center, NSSTC, University of Alabama-Huntsville
320 Sparkman Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone: (256) 961-7763
Fax: (256) 961-7751
John Christy Professor and Director Earth System Science Center, NSSTC, University of Alabama-Huntsville
Primary COSEE Affiliation:
- Gulf of Mexico
Interaction with COSEE Network:
Participates in COSEE-CGOM workshops.
Background with Respect to Ocean Sciences Education:
Dr. John R. Christy is the Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he began studying global climate issues in 1987. Since November 2000 he has been Alabama's State Climatologist. In 1989 Dr. Roy W. Spencer (then a NASA/Marshall scientist and now a Principle Research Scientist at UAH) and Christy developed a global temperature data set from microwave data observed from satellites beginning in 1979. For this achievement, the Spencer-Christy team was awarded NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1991. In 1996, they were selected to receive a Special Award by the American Meteorological Society "for developing a global, precise record of earth's temperature from operational polar-orbiting satellites, fundamentally advancing our ability to monitor climate." In January 2002 Christy was inducted as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.