Wallace S. Broecker


Climate Change

1st Edition

The 2008 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category has found its way to U.S. researcher Wallace S. Broecker, who more than three decades ago predicted the existence of climate warming due to human activity. Broecker was the first scientist to alert to climate change as far back as 1975, one year before the first manifestations of planetary warming.


Professor Broecker’s seminal research on ocean chemistry pioneered the development of Earth System Science as the basis for understanding global climate change, both past and present. His holistic approach led him to identify mechanisms of abrupt climate change. Throughout his eminent career he has been an eloquent educator and a forceful champion of efforts to address the risks of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.