David Battisti
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David Battisti

David Battisti, professor of atmospheric sciences, was recognized amongst leaders in academia, business, philanthropy, the humanities and the arts elected as a 2021 fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.

“We are honoring the excellence of these individuals, celebrating what they have achieved so far, and imagining what they will continue to accomplish,” said David Oxtoby, president of the academy. “The past year has been replete with evidence of how things can get worse; this is an opportunity to illuminate the importance of art, ideas, knowledge and leadership that can make a better world.”

Battisti, a UW professor of atmospheric sciences who holds the Tamaki Endowed Chair, is recognized for his work on climate variability. Battisti earned his doctorate in atmospheric sciences at the UW in 1988, then went to the University of Wisconsin before returning to the UW as a faculty member in 1990.


Battisti’s research looks at how interactions between the ocean, air, land and sea ice can affect the climate on timescales from seasons to decades. His more recent research has looked at how climate change is likely to affect global food production. Battisti directed the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, a partnership between the UW and NOAA, from 1997 to 2003, and co-chaired the science steering committee for the U.S. climate research program from 1998 to 2002. He is also a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and of the American Geophysical Union.

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