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posted 06/03/04

Dr. Steve Zebiak Named Director General of IRI

Dr. Steve Zebiak. Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Steve Zebiak has been named Director General of the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI), it was announced last week. Dr. Zebiak has been serving as Interim Director of the IRI for the past two years. He continues to serve as director of climate modeling and predictions research.

In announcing the appointment, Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs said that a “truly international search” had been conducted for Director General position, and that at the end of the day the search committee had determined that Dr. Zebiak was indeed the best candidate in the world.

Dr. Zebiak has worked in the area of ocean-atmosphere interaction and climate variability since completing his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. He and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist Mark Cane were the authors of the first dynamical model used to predict El Niño.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is among the world’s leading academic centers for the integrated study of Earth, its environment, and society. The Earth Institute builds upon excellence in the core disciplines—earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences and health sciences—and stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to complex problems. Through its research, training and global partnerships, it mobilizes science and technology to advance sustainable development, while placing special emphasis on the needs of the world’s poor.