Myles Allen is Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography and the Environment and Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Net Zero initiative. Ever since his research in the late 2000s identified the need for net zero carbon dioxide emissions to halt global warming, he has focused on the implications, including the potential of a Carbon Takeback Obligation (CTBO). The research Myles has led about the CTBO, as well as other CTBO-related resources, can be found at CarbonTakeback.org.
Myles served on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for its 3rd, 4th and 5th Assessments, and was a Coordinating Lead Author for its 2018 Special Report on global warming of 1.5 °C. He also founded the ClimatePrediction.net citizen science project, the world’s largest climate modelling experiment.
In 2010, Myles was awarded the Appleton Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics ‘for his important contributions to the detection and attribution of human influence on climate and quantifying uncertainty in climate predictions’ and in 2022 a CBE ‘for services to climate change attribution, prediction and net zero’. His research focuses on how human and natural influences contribute to observed and future climate change, including risks of extreme weather, and quantifying these influences’ implications for long-range climate forecasts.
Myles earned his undergraduate degree and doctorate in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford.