Dev Niyogi Receives American Meteorological Society’s Landsberg Award

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has announced that the 2023 Helmut E. Landsberg Award will be bestowed on Dev Niyogi, professor in the Department of Geological Sciences (DGS) at The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences. Niyogi, recognized for “decades of leadership and pathbreaking discoveries related to assessing urban climate extremes, their prediction and mitigation using data-model integration, and local to global partnerships,” will receive the award at the 103rd AMS Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. 

“I was pleasantly surprised by this award and of course am humbled,” said Niyogi. “Landsberg’s work is one that inspired me to be active in urban climate, so getting associated with his legacy is very satisfying!”

In 2020, Niyogi joined the faculty of both DGS in the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering. He is also is a faculty affiliate of UT Austin’s Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences and the Center for Space Research. As part of Planet Texas 2050, Niyogi has been called upon to develop research projects as well as act as a spokesperson for climate research on local and national media outlets. His research group—The University of Texas Extreme weather and Urban Sustainability “TExUS” Lab—seeks to translate scientific research into tools with a particular focus on sustainable climate-ready/resilient coastal, cities, and agricultural systems. Finally, Niyogi has coauthored over 250 peer-reviewed papers for international journals, 18 book chapters, and over 150 conference proceedings or abstracts for professional conferences.

Before moving to Austin, Texas, he was a professor in both the Department of Agronomy and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University—where he continues as an emeritus faculty member. Niyogi was also the State Climatologist for Indiana, is elected as an advisory board member of the International Association of Urban Climate, and serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee.