Joellen Russell, PhD

University Distinguished Professor, Biogeochemical Dynamics
Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science
Portrait of Joellen Russell


Climate Data is Power - to the People

Tuesday, March 14, 4 p.m.

Surround Stage

JOELLEN & BETH'S TALK, Climate Data is Power - to the People

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As climate scientists - and moms - we know that future generations depend on us making good decisions today about where and how to develop our human society and protect our planet. When we harness the power of big climate data, we can all make better decisions for our cities, our countries and our homes. As our planet warms, the water from the oceans comes on-shore more often in ways we are just beginning to fathom, often to devastating effect. Dr. Russell uses oceangoing robots to predict our climate future on a planetary scale. Dr. Tellman uses detailed maps of floods in near-real-time to help people in need right now. Both are certain that, with more, higher quality and better understood data, we can act wisely to make big changes, one family, one business, one policy at a time.


Prof. Joellen Russell is a mom, an oceanographer, climate scientist and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona. Her research uses robot floats, satellites, and supercomputers to observe and predict the ocean's role in the climate and carbon cycle of the past, the present and the future. 

Russell's work on the westerly winds led to the creation of a new paradigm in climate science: that warmer climates produce poleward intensified westerly winds, the mechanism responsible for transferring 1/3 of the CO2 in the atmosphere into the ocean and then back out again during our repeated glacial-interglacial cycles. She is Co-Chair of NOAA Science Advisory Board's Climate Working Group, and on the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Community Earth System Model Advisory Board. 

Meet Joellen & Beth behind the scenes.