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Roy Spencer

Principal Research Scientist, University of Alabama

Dr. Roy Spencer is a principal research scientist for the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) on NASA's Aqua satellite. In the past, he has served as Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dr. Spencer is the recipient of NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and the American Meteorological Society's Special Award for his satellite-based temperature monitoring work. He is the author of numerous scientific articles that have appeared in Science, Nature, Journal of Climate, Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology, Remote Sensing Reviews, Advances in Space Research, and Climatic Change.

Dr. Spencer received his Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in 1981.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Satellite data temperature
  • Hurricanes
  • Interfaith Stewardship Alliance
  • Evangelical Movement and Global warming
  • General climate change issues

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Articles by Roy Spencer
Global Warnings from the Ivory Tower
22 Sep 2006
The Royal Society's recent letter is odd, given science has nothing to say about what policy actions should be taken on anything.
'Cane Mutiny
18 Aug 2006
What a difference one year makes. With the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall rapidly approaching, who would have predicted that we would now be in the middle of a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season? What gives?
How Green Is Your Church?
16 Aug 2006
It's not enough to have good intentions. Roy Spencer on charity, the environment and the Christian church.
A Little Eco-Nomics Never Hurt
31 Jul 2006
'Some people will do anything to save the Earth...except take a basic economics course.'
Courting Regulatory Disaster - or Clarity
06 Jul 2006
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case designating carbon dioxide as a pollutant. What can we expect?
Star Search
30 Jun 2006
An AP reporter gives Al Gore's movie science "five stars". Is that on a ten-star scale?
The Real News About Mann-Made Global Warming
28 Jun 2006
We are warmer now than any time... during the "Little Ice Age."
Rachel Goreson
08 Jun 2006
Critics are comparing Al Gore with Rachel Carson. Is this a good thing?
Questions for Al Gore
25 May 2006
An open letter to Al Gore from his 'Good Friend'.
So Now We're Holocaust Deniers
27 Apr 2006
Just when you thought the alarmists couldn't sink any lower...
Americans Still Cool On Warming
12 Apr 2006
How about polling what we really need to know?
Global Warming Hysteria Has Arrived
04 Apr 2006
One wonders, what in the world is going on here?
No News Is Bad News
15 Mar 2006
Why did the WMO think increasing greenhouse gas concentrations was 'news'? Or maybe this was one of those cases where the media decided to make the story news?
Global Warming Science, or Policy?
31 Jan 2006
"I have some familiarity with restrictions on government employees, as they were a major reason I resigned from NASA over four years ago." Roy Spencer on the controversy over NASA's James Hansen.
Not Sexy, But Necessary
27 Jan 2006
The future of Earth science research in the United States currently looks pretty gloomy.
Dr. Death and Mother Gaia
23 Jan 2006
James Lovelock, godfather of the "Gaia" theory that the Earth's biosphere is a single living entity, has weighed in on the fate of mankind.
Unsustainable Climate Research
16 Dec 2005
As it turns out, only change is sustainable. Roy Spencer on the contours of the environmental debate.
TCS COP 11 Coverage: Culture Shock in Montreal
08 Dec 2005
As one of the very few scientists at the UN's climate meeting, I feel like an outsider.
TCS COP 11 Coverage: An Unethical Environment?
07 Dec 2005
Weighing ethical claims when it comes to climate change.
The Killer That Matters Most
18 Nov 2005