Prof Inez Fung

Professor Inez Fung has been studying climate change for over 30 years. She is a principal architect of large-scale mathematical modeling approaches and numerical models to represent the geographic and temporal variations of sources and sinks of CO2, dust and other trace substances around the globe. Fung’s work in climate modeling predicts the co-evolution of CO2 and climate and concludes that the diminishing capacities of the land and oceans to store carbon act to accelerate global warming.

Professor Inez Fung received her S.B. in Applied Mathematics and her Sc.D. in Meteorology from MIT. She joined the Berkeley faculty in 1998 as the first Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences and the founding director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center. She is a Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She was a Founding Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.

Among her numerous honors are membership of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Roger Revelle Medal of the American Geophysical Union, and the C-G Rossby Medal of the American Meteorological Society. She is also an elected member of Academia Sinica (Taiwan), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and the California Academy of Sciences. She was named one of the “Scientific American 50” in 2005 and received the World Technology Network Award for the Environment in 2006.

Professor Fung is a subject in a biography series for middle-school-aged readers, “Women’s Adventures in Science”, launched by the National Academy of Sciences. The title of her biography is “Forecast Earth”.