Judith Curry

Judith Curry


  • PhD, Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago (1982).
  • B.S., Geography, Northern Illinois University (1974).
Source: [1]


Judith A. Curry is the chairman of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology and has held this position since 2002. Judith Curry writes and speaks prolifically on the climate change issue, and runs the blog Climate Etc.

Judith Curry has been invited by Republicans to testify at climate change hearings regarding alleged uncertainties regarding man-made climate change. She has also participated in a variety of blogs in the skeptical community including Climate Audit, the Air Vent and the Black-board. 

Curry has been criticized by climate scientists for her climate outreach in the blogosphere based on assertions not necessarily supported by the evidence: particularly that the “climate always changes.” [6] Scientist Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, points out that “Climate doesn't change all by itself for no good reason. Something has to force it.” [6]

When she was questioned about potential conflicts of interest, this was her response to the Scientific American: [2]
“I do receive some funding from the fossil fuel industry. My company…does [short-term] hurricane forecasting…for an oil company, since 2007. During this period I have been both a strong advocate for the IPCC, and more recently a critic of the IPCC, there is no correlation of this funding with my public statements.”

Stance on Climate Change

Key Quotes

“The manufactured consensus of the IPCC has had the unintended consequences of distorting the science, elevating the voices of scientists that dispute the consensus, and motivating actions by the consensus scientists and their supporters that have diminished the public’s trust in the IPCC.” [3]

“If all other things remain equal, it is clear that adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere will warm the planet. However the real difficulty is that nothing remains equal, and reliable prediction of the impact of carbon dioxide on the climate requires that we understand natural climate variability properly. Until we understand natural climate variability better, we cannot reliably infer sensitivity to greenhouse gas forcing or understand its role in influencing extreme weather events. […] While 20th century climate change is most often explained in terms of external forcing, with natural internal variability providing high frequency ‘noise,’ the role of large multidecadal oscillations is receiving increasing attention.” [4]

Key Deeds

April 25, 2013

Judith Curry testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Environment in a hearing titled “Policy Relevant Climate Issues in Context.” According to her testimony, there is still uncertainty whether carbon dioxide impacts the climate until “we better understand natural climate variability.” [4]

Prominent climate change skeptic Bjorn Lomborg also testified at the hearing.

October, 2012

Judith Curry is the co-author of a paper titled “Climate change: no consensus on consensus” which provides an overview of critiques of the IPCC consensus process.

According to the paper's introduction, “It is difficult to avoid concluding that the IPCC consensus is manufactured and that the existence of this consensus does not lend intellectual substance to their conclusions.” [3]


  • Climate Forecast Applications Network (CFAN— President and Co-Founder. [5]



  1. JUDITH A. CURRY,” CV at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology. Accessed April 27, 2013. 

  2. Michael D. Lemonick. “Climate Heretic: Judith Curry Turns on Her Colleagues,” Scientific American, October 25, 2010.

  3. Judith Curry. “Climate change: no consensus on consensus,” Climate Etc., October 28, 2012.

  4. Judith A. Curry. “Hearing on 'Policy Relevant Climate Issues in Context'” (PDF), Committe on Space, Science and Technology, April 25, 2013.

  5. About,” Climate Forecast Applications Network. Accessed April 27, 2013.

  6. Joe Romm, “Judith Curry Abandons Science,” Climate Progress, November 11, 2010.

  7. Judith Curry and Peter J. Webster, “Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans,” International Geophysics Series: Volume 65, February 13, 1999.

  8. Judith Curry, “FIRE Arctic Clouds Experiment,” Journal of Geophysical Research Volume 106, Part 14, 2001.

  9. Judith Curry,” SourceWatch.

  10. Judith Curry,” Wikipedia. 


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