The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


Charney, Jule






(1917 – 1981) An American meteorologist who was involved in early research on numerical weather prediction with John von Neumann at Princeton University. He is considered the father of modern dynamical meteorology and is the eponym of the term Charney sensitivity.

He also headed up a 1979 National Academy of science investigation to assess the scientific basis for possible future climate changes resulting from human CO2 emissions. The resulting report is almost alway referred to as the Charney report.

Some key accomplishments

(1) He developped a set of equations for calculating the large-scale motions of planetary-scale waves.

(2) He formulated the first convincing physical explanation for the development of mid-latitude cyclones.


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