UM Professor Named “Most Influential Scientific Mind”

UM Rosenstiel School Professor recognized for his groundbreaking climate research

MIAMI—University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Professor Brian Soden was named one of the world’s most influential scientific minds in Geosciences by a new Thomson Reuters report, titled: The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds – 2015. Soden, recognized for his work in the field of climate science, was one of only 3,000 scientists from around the world to make the list.

Soden was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fourth assessment report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore and was a lead author on the subsequent IPCC fifth assessment report.

“These researchers are among the most influential scientific minds of our time,” said Thomson Reuters in its report of the elite authors officially designated as Highly Cited based on output of top-cited papers in their fields over the last 11 years.

Soden specializes in the use of satellite observations to test and improve computer simulations of Earth’s climate. His research seeks to understand the role of water vapor and clouds in the climate system, in order to determine the sensitivity of the climate system to natural and man-made contributions. 

He has also conducted extensive research on the effects of natural and human-caused climate change on weather extremes, including groundbreaking studies on global warming and hurricane activity.

Professor Soden’s 2006 paper published in the Journal of Climate was ranked as “one of most influential climate change papers of all time” by UK-based Carbon Brief. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers on weather and climate change.

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About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School

The University of Miami is one of the largest private research institutions in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, visit:

Brian Soden, Ph.D.

Brian Soden, Ph.D.

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