University of California, Riverside


Robert Allen Robert Allen Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences

Topics: Climate Change

Preferred Media: Print, Radio, Video

Languages Spoken: English

Contact Card

Tel: (951) 827-4870

Media Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
Tel: (951) 827-6050


Allen’s research interests are climate variability, land-atmosphere interaction, atmospheric aerosols/short-lived pollutants, and large-scale climate dynamics. He has studied extensively the role of snow and soil moisture anomalies in forcing trends in, and multi- annual persistence of, the dominant mode of Northern Hemisphere atmospheric variability.

Allen earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2009.

On Climate Change

Allen can speak on a variety of topics pertaining to climate change, including:

  • How the climate is changing and what is driving that change;
  • How to adapt to and mitigate climate change;
  • The effects of anthropogenic aerosol forcing on climate (e.g. Arctic warming associated with sea-ice loss.).

He can also speak on the technological side, with an emphasis on climate modeling. These topics include

  • How climate models can help improve our understanding of climate change;
  • How climate models make predictions of future climate change.