March 25, 2021
Staff Accomplishment

Leung Named an Inspiring Woman in Climate Action

Earth scientist Ruby Leung featured by the U.S. Department of Energy as an inspiring climate modeler

A woman with short black hair in black cardigan and periwinkle shirt smiling in front of a window in a conference room

Ruby Leung uses numerical models to understand how the Earth system behaves and responds to perturbations.

(Photo: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

What do Greta Thunberg, Rachel Carson, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Earth scientist and Battelle Fellow Ruby Leung all have in common? Their impacts on climate action have all inspired U.S. Department of Energy staff. In an article celebrating Women’s History Month, Julie Erickson, a Senior Technical Advisor with the Office of Science, highlights Leung and her work modeling climate.

Leung’s research is in Earth system modeling, which centers on using numerical models to understand how the Earth system behaves and responds to perturbations. The article highlights her work on understanding how natural processes impact the Earth’s climate, a key foundation for predicting future changes from a warmer planet.  

“I have been extremely fortunate to work on an important problem that I am passionate about. I hope that all young women have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.” said Leung.

In addition to performing her own research, Leung is the chief scientist of the DOE’s Energy Earth Exascale Model (E3SM). This project focuses on developing a state-of-the-art Earth system model that allows researchers to explore energy-relevant questions at global and regional scales.

Published: March 25, 2021