Inez Fung joins the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board

By Sarah Starkey | April 8, 2024

Inez Fung brings vast knowledge and expertise of atmospheric science and biogeochemical cycles to the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board, a group of globally recognized leaders that sets the Doomsday Clock each year, provides invaluable perspectives on global threats, and connects the Bulletin to experts around the world.

The Bulletin is honored to welcome Inez Fung as the newest member of its Science and Security Board (SASB).

The SASB is composed of a select group of globally recognized leaders with a specific focus on nuclear risk, climate change, or disruptive technologies. The SASB provides the Bulletin with objective external perspectives on trends and issues in these related fields, connects the organization to outside experts, and is responsible for setting the Doomsday Clock each year.

“Inez Fung’s vast knowledge of atmospheric science, meteorology, and ecology will be an invaluable addition to the range of expertise the Science and Security Board offers,” said Bulletin President and CEO Rachel Bronson. “We are ecstatic to welcome her aboard and are looking forward to relying on her expertise and guidance as the climate crisis continues to unfold at an astonishing speed.”

Fung has helped reveal vital information needed to fight the climate crisis through her work on climate modeling and biogeochemical cycles. She contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Third and Fourth reports and has received awards for her work from NASA, Scientific American, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fung is a Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

Her pioneering study of the global carbon cycle using a global three-dimensional model of atmospheric circulation proposed that the terrestrial biosphere of the northern hemisphere could also be a significant sink, in addition to the oceans, for anthropogenic CO2. She was the US lead for the 2014 joint NAS-Royal Society study “Climate Change: Evidence and Causes” and its 2020 update.

Fung is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences; a foreign member of the Royal Society, London; and a member of Academia Sinica (Taiwan). Among her other honors are the Roger Revelle Medal from the American Geophysical Union and the C.G. Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society.

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