Professor Myles Allen, Director of Oxford Net Zero, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society for his groundbreaking work in the understanding of climate change and net zero. He is Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography and the Environment and the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford.
‘It is a great honour to be recognised for my contribution, along with many others, to the concept of Net Zero: how we must stop fossil fuels from causing further global warming before the world stops using fossil fuels.’ – Prof Myles Allen
Professor Allen is a climate scientist who has made ground-breaking contributions to quantitative understanding of climate change with substantial impacts on climate policy. He pioneered combining physically-based models with statistical analysis to quantify, with uncertainties, the magnitude of anthropogenic influence on observed climate change and using observations to constrain climate forecasts. He combined fundamental physics and large ensemble modelling to constrain the response in both mean and extreme precipitation to rising temperatures and increasing greenhouse gases.
Furthermore, Prof Allen demonstrated the cumulative impact of carbon dioxide emissions on global climate, which leads to the concept of a limited carbon budget associated with any given level of carbon dioxide-induced warming. This links directly to net zero emission targets replacing concentration stabilisation targets as the focus of climate change mitigation policy.
He leads Oxford Net Zero, a growing network and collaboration of leading researchers from across the University of Oxford, providing advice and expertise to national governments, global industry leaders and international organisations in the global race to net zero.
Prof Allen said: ‘It is a great honour to be recognised for my contribution, along with many others, to the concept of Net Zero: how we must stop fossil fuels from causing further global warming before the world stops using fossil fuels.’