John Austin, Ph.D.

About John Austin, Ph.D.

John Austin, PhD has over 30 years experience as a research scientist with over 80 papers published on the stratosphere. Dr. Austin holds a PhD in atmospheric sciences from the University of Cambridge, and a BA and MA in mathematics and physics.

Dr. Austin was the (sole!) winner of the 2003 Buchan Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society, and along with an almost uncountably large number of climate scientists, was a co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

His main interest is the connection between ozone depletion and climate change.

Dr. Austin worked at the UK Meteorological Office 1978-2003 and at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, USA, 2003-2010. He is currently running a publishing business, including popular science books and a specialist scientific journal.

In Dr. Austin's words:

"My current goal is to help bring scientific and environmental understanding to the community at large, through my writing at Decoded Science, and as owner of Enigma Scientific Publishing . I am an enthusiastic traveller and photographer. I love dogs and they love me."

New IPCC Report: How Vulnerable are We to Climate Change?

Melting Arctic Ice

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, has issued a stark warning: Many nations, including the US, are extremely vulnerable to climate change.

Artists’ Works Provide Valuable Historical Information for Climate Scientists

The Lake, Petworth: Sunset, Fighting bucks (c. 1829) was one of the paintings by J.M.W. Turner analysed by Zerefos et al. To study the past atmosphere. (This work, obtained from WikiPaintings is in the public domain.)

A new study shows that colours in sunset paintings by famous artists can provide valuable information on atmospheric dust following volcanic eruptions.

Climate Variability Increases Atmospheric Pollution in Hawaii

Mauna Loa Observatory

Ozone causes skin irritation and respiratory damage; in Hawaii, research shows climate variability increasing the amount of ozone in the lower atmosphere.

Recent Weather Disasters Reveal Possible Climate Change


In its annual review of major US weather disasters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration figures now show a possible climate link.

Recent Severe Weather Reveals Transatlantic Connection


Recent severe weather on both sides of the Atlantic reveal different effects, but both show the influence of the Jet Stream and potentially climate change.