Sobel Named AGU Fellow

Sep 14 2023

Professor Adam Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been named a 2023 fellow of the American Geophysical Union "for outstanding contributions to understanding of tropical meteorology and climate." 

The AGU Fellows program "recognizes AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space science through a breakthrough, discovery, or innovation in their field. Fellows act as external experts, capable of advising government agencies and other organizations outside the sciences upon request." (

Adam Sobel studies the dynamics of climate and weather, especially in the tropics. In recent years he has become particularly focused on understanding the risks to society from extreme weather events and climate change. Sobel is author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles; a book, Storm Surge, focused on Hurricane Sandy; and op-eds and articles in the mainstream media. He hosts a podcast, Deep Convection, featuring wide-ranging conversations with other scientists.

Two APAM affiliates were also recognized this year by the AGU. Suzana Camargo, who works with Adam at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), was also named an AGU fellow “for outstanding contributions that have advanced our understanding of tropical cyclones and their relation to climate variability and change.” Suzana co-advises APAM graduate student, Patrick Orenstein, along with Adam Sobel and Greg Elsaesser (NASA/GISS). Michela Biasutti, also from LDEO, was awarded the AGU Charney Lecture, which was awarded to Adam in 2022. She co-advises two APAM graduate students, Isabelle Bunge and Sean Cohen, along with Adam. 

"Congratulations to Adam, Suzana, and Michela" said Professor Marc Spiegelman, Chair of the APAM Department at Columbia Engineering. "All of us in APAM are thrilled by this well-deserved honor for their outstanding contributions to climate and atmospheric science. We are grateful for all they do for the program and department."

For the full list of 2023 AGU Fellows, please see:

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