Last updated on: 6/11/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Andrew Dessler, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"
Reasoning:

“Contrary to what one might read in newspapers, the science of climate change is strong. Our own work and the immense body of independent research conducted around the world leaves no doubt…

There is no question that natural causes, such as changes in energy from the sun, natural cycles and volcanoes, continue to affect temperature today… But despite years of intensive observations of the Earth system, no one has been able to propose a credible alternative mechanism that can explain the present-day warming without heat-trapping gases produced by human activities…

[H]umans have taken over from nature as the dominant influence on our climate.”

“On Global Warming, the Science Is Solid,” Houston Chronicle, Mar. 6, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of climate. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of climate.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • Senior Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 2000
  • Former Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Former Professor, University of Maryland
Education:
  • PhD, Chemistry, Harvard University, 1994
  • BA, Physics, Rice University, 1986
Contact Info:
Phone
979-862-1427
Email
adessler@tamu.edu
Website
Faculty profile
Other:
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?