Nobel Prize for Physics goes to scientists who explained climate change

Earth’s climate is a vastly complex system on a grand scale. On a microscopic level, so is the complicated physics of atoms and molecules found within materials. The 2021 Nobel Prize in physics knits together the work of three scientists who illuminated such intricate physical systems by harnessing basic tools of physics. 

Half of the prize goes to climate scientists Syukuro Manabe of Princeton University and Klaus Hasselmann of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, for their work on simulations of Earth’s climate and predictions of global warming, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced October 5. The other half of the 10 million Swedish kronor (more than $1.1 million) prize goes to physicist Giorgio Parisi of Sapienza University of Rome, who worked on understanding the roiling fluctuations within disordered materials.

visualization of ocean surface currents in the oceans around the Americas
Syukuro Manabe’s and Klaus Hasselmann’s work laid the foundation for simulations that capture the immense complexity of climate and other Earth systems such as ocean surface currents, shown in this visualization.

SOURCE: Science News, October5, 2021

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