Professor Graeme Stephens to present the Mason Gold Medal Lecture

Gold medal with the face of Sir John Mason

This prestigious lecture is on ‘Cloud Physics from Space’ and will be given at the Engineering Meteorology and AGM event on 16th May at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London. 

Professor Stephens’s lecture on ‘Cloud Physics from Space’ will explore how the science and technology of cloud physics have evolved.  From laboratory and aircraft measurements of microphysical and cloud scale processes, to the vast scales of satellite observations, the progress in our understanding of clouds will be set out. A glimpse of the near future will also be offered.

Professor Stephens is Director for the NASA Centre for Climate Sciences at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, and Professor of Earth Observations in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. He graduated with his doctorate in 1977 in meteorology from the University of Melbourne, Australia. During the ensuing 40 years, he has conducted outstanding and fundamental research in radiative transfer and remote sensing to determine the role of clouds in climate. His theoretical results have been used to explain observations, in this most complex component of the climate system.  He has shown exceptional leadership in designing and developing international satellite programs, especially CLOUDSAT, a decade long experiment that has provided critical data for all fields of climate studies. The results of his work have galvanized an understanding of the climate system forming a basis for the investigation of a changing climate.

Professor Stephens is almost uniquely responsible for the way we now look at cloud processes as they affect weather and climate. He has merged observations and theory and, in the last few years, has extended these results to the improvement of climate models. His influence is extensive. He has produced a cadre of young scientists who, either as his students or associates, have continued to push the field of cloud-radiation-climate forward. He has established a theoretical scaffolding and observational database that will facilitate a generation of scientists to move ahead and understand more thoroughly how the climate system works and how it may evolve in the future.

The prestigious Mason Gold Medal was endowed for the Royal Meteorological Society on 2006 by Sir John Mason. It is awarded biennially to a Fellow of the Society for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the fundamental processes that determine the variability and predictability of weather and climate. The prize consists of a certificate and a gold medal. 

The lecture is part of the Royal Meteorological Society’s Engineering Meteorology meeting.  The event will also include the Annual General Meeting. 2018 is the Year of Engineering and the Society is joining forces with other sectors to look at how engineering continues support the advancement in the science and application of meteorology. The meeting will focus on engineering solutions that have seen developments in Earth Observations.

More information about the Engineering Meteorology and AGM event.

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Wednesday 16th May 2018, 13:00 – 18:30, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London


News Date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018