Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

  • 16 February 2017

Professor Myles Allen wins 'Lifetime Award' from Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division

Professor Myles Allen at 1.5 Degrees International Conference, Oxford

Professor Myles Allen speaks at the 1.5 Degrees International Conference in 2016, which he helped organise.

Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science and Leader of the ECI's Climate Research Programme, was presented with a 'Lifetime award for successfully engaging externally and promoting impact' by the MPLS division at its Winter Party on 14 February 2017. The award was given in recognition of his work engaging the public and advancing public understanding of anthropomorphic climate change and its links to extreme weather.

Over the last 15 years since founding climateprediction.net and, later, weather@home, Professor Allen "pioneered" the use of citizen science, the MPLS division writes. By tapping in to the donated computing resources of people around the world Professor Allen and his team have been able to power "the world's largest climate modelling experiment for the 21st century".

Climate modelling experiments carried out through climateprediction.net are helping researchers answer difficult questions about how climate change is affecting our world now and how it will affect our world in the future.

Further to his innovative use of volunteer computing power in his research, the MPLS division praised Professor's Allen's tireless work communicating science to the public, adding that "through regular radio, television and press briefings, he has worked relentlessly to provide a balanced view of the physics of climate change and the causal connections between climate change and the probability of extreme weather events."

"Myles' group pioneered the use of distributed computing resources donated by the general public"