Michael E. Mann, one of the world’s leading voices on climate change, was honored with the 2022 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence by the Stroud Water Research Center. The award was presented at the 20th Water’s Edge Gala at the Delaware Museum of Nature & Science.
dr Mann, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media, also holds a second position at the Annenberg School for Communication. His research interests include the study of the Earth’s climate system and the science, impacts and policy implications of human-caused climate change. dr Mann was lead author of the “Observed Climate Variability and Change” chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and served as Chair of the Organizing Committee for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received numerous honors and awards including the 2002 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Outstanding Publication Award and selection by Scientific American as one of the 50 leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. Overall, Dr. Mann has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and five books.
“Water is the primary medium through which we feel the effects of climate change, and Michael Mann is a leading voice on climate change. His groundbreaking research and masterful science communication have given weight and form to the conversations needed to initiate climate action,” said David Arscott, Executive Director of Stroud. “We look forward to working with him to raise awareness of how climate action can support healthy streams and rivers and the clean fresh water they provide.”
Around 200 guests attended the gala, where Dr. Mann presented his research on climate variability and extremes, including 1,000 years of temperature data that produced the hockey stick graph, so named for its pronounced upward curve. The data, which combined decades of work by paleoclimate scientists, served as evidence proving human-caused climate change.
“It means a lot to me to receive this award from Stroud, not only because they are such an important voice on water and sustainability, but because they are an important partner in the environmental education community here in eastern Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Man. “I look forward to working closely with Stroud in the years to come as we together seek to inform the sustainability discussion in the greater Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
The Stroud Water Research Center advances the knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education and restoration. It helps businesses, landowners, policymakers and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world.
Since its inception in 2003, Water’s Edge has produced notable contributors from the scientific, freshwater and conservation worlds. Past speakers and recipients of the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence have included such luminaries as Jane Goodall; Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling; American Rivers and its President Bob Irvin; His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; the Redford Center; Alexandra Cousteau; Melissa D. Ho of the World Wildlife Fund; and other.