AMHERST, Mass. – Climate scientist Raymond Bradley, director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Queen’s University in ceremonies to be held June 12 in Kingston, Ontario.
Described as “a celebrated global warming whistleblower known for championing integrity in science,” Bradley joins actress Glenn Close as one of two honorary degree recipients from the United States. Also receiving honorary degrees are pioneering nurse Sally Elizabeth Thorne and Canadian Chief Justice Warren Winkler, among others.
The award cites Bradley’s “outstanding contributions to the studies of climate variability and environmental evolution” and notes that he has “penned some of the most influential papers on climate change, along with 12 books on paleoclimatology.” Also cited are Bradley’s contributions to national and international scientific committees and organizations.
Bradley is a Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at UMass Amherst where his research interests focus on how present day climate differs from climates of the past and what may have caused climates to change.
His research was the first to apply regional climate models to examine likely near-term changes in temperature and precipitation across the Northeast United States. That high-resolution study suggests that temperatures are going to be significantly warmer in all seasons in the next 30 years, especially in winter, and that winters will be wetter, with more rain likely than snow.
Bradley’s research group is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Energy. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union.