At least two Rensselaer alumni are part of the organization that received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The alumni are part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the international peace prize this past year with Al Gore, environmental policy leader and former U.S. vice president.
Dork Sahagian, who earned a bachelor’s in physics from Rensselaer in 1977, and Robert Schock, a Ph.D. graduate of the Rensselaer geology department in 1966, were part of several working groups of the IPCC and helped author comprehensive and objective scientific assessment reports for policy makers and the public on the impacts and mitigation of global climate change. The organization and its contributing scientists were honored by the Nobel Foundation “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”
Sahagian is currently professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Environmental Initiative at Lehigh University. He contributed to three of four IPCC assessment reports. IPCC provides assessment reports to policy makers approximately every five years. The findings are developed by an international working group of scientists and outline the science, impact, and mitigation of climate change.
Sahagian served as a contributing author for the Second Assessment Report, which was released in 1995, a reviewer of the Third Assessment Report released in 2001, and a contributing author for the Fourth Assessment Report released in November 2007. Sahagian’s work delved into humanity’s effect on sea level rise.
Before moving to Lehigh, Sahagian was director of the integrative branch of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, which combines physical/chemical, biological, and social aspects of the Earth system.
At least two Rensselaer alumni are part of the organization
Robert Schock is currently director of studies for the World Energy Council (WEC) in London as well as a consultant to industries and governments worldwide. Schock was a coordinating lead author for the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC. For the report Schock investigated and helped coordinate research results on the costs and benefits of different approaches to mitigating and avoiding climate change.
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