Richard Alley

Richard
Alley

Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences

Expertise:

  • Earth Science

Focus Areas:

About

  • Has chaired the National Academy of Sciences' and National Council's panel on abrupt climate change
  • Is active on television, radio and in print outlets to translate research findings to a broad audience
  • Recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information as a "highly cited researcher"

Richard Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and an associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State. His current research interests include glaciology, ice sheet stability, paleoclimates from ice cores, physical properties of ice cores, and erosion and sedimentation by ice sheets. Along with his many teaching accomplishments, Alley has authored many publications, chaired the National Research Council’s panel on abrupt climate change, has been involved with advisory groups to improve national and international research, and has been active with media outreach to translate research findings to a broad audience. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

On the Web

Department of Geosciences Faculty Profile Richard Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and an Associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State.

In The Media

“You have to think in terms of maybe 3 feet, but maybe 10 or 15,” Alley said. "Maybe 15 feet. In that scenario, the Jefferson Memorial and Fenway Park would be underwater, and the Googleplex would become an archipelago. Outside the US, the damage would be incalculable. Shanghai, Lagos, Mumbai, Jakarta—all would flood or drown."

Hothouse Earth Is Merely the Beginning of the End

from Rolling Stone August 9, 2018

“You might think of the climate as a drunk, when left alone, it sits; when forced to move, it staggers.”

“The grounding line is an essential indicator of glacier change in Antarctica, and this study brings important information about the rates of changes and geographic distribution.”

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Climate scientist and Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences Richard Alley will deliver the Frank Whitmore Lecture on Chemistry Education and Public Policy April 19 at University Park. Alley's lecture, which coincides with Earth Week, will focus on climate and

Climate scientist and Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences Richard Alley will deliver the Frank Whitmore Lecture on Chemistry Education and Public Policy April 19 at University Park. Alley's lecture, which coincides with Earth Week, will focus on climate and


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Richard Alley conducting glacier research

Richard Alley conducting glacier research


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Richard Alley

Richard Alley


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