The 2018 Friend of the Planet award is given to an individual or organization recognized by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) to have made a substantial contribution to climate change education or to the NCSE. The award joined NCSE’s 30-year-old Friend of Darwin
Emanuel was selected for this award based "not only on his contributions to climate science itself, as reflected by his distinguished publication record and as recognized by his election to the National Academy of Sciences, but also Emanuel's important outreach on climate change to the public." Emanuel's outreach efforts have been significant for many years, stretching from his 2007 book, What We Know About Climate Change to as recently as 2016, with the publication of Climate Science and Climate Risk: A Primer.
Kerry Emanuel is a prominent meteorologist and climate scientist who specializes in moist convection in the atmosphere, and tropical cyclones. His research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, the role of clouds, water vapor, and upper-ocean mixing in regulation of climate, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction.