Richard C. J. Somerville is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, where he has been a professor since 1979. He is a theoretical meteorologist and an expert on climate change. He was awarded the 2015 Climate Communication Prize of the American Geophysical Union. Among many honors, he is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society. He received a bachelor of science in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1961 and a PhD in meteorology from New York University in 1966.