We are pleased to announce that Peter H. Lauritzen from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, USA, has been awarded the WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development 2014.
The Prize Committee, consisting of representatives from WCRP, WWRP and WGNE was greatly impressed by his strong profile and the high quality of his contribution to model development.
In making the selection, the Committee considered a range of criteria, including the importance of the contribution in the field, but also the community impact and supporting statements by referees. The Committee was faced with the very difficult task to make a selection from truly outstanding nominations and is thankful to all nominees, proposers and seconders for the numerous and high quality applications received.
The WCRP and WWRP have established the Prize in recognition of the essential role model development plays in weather and climate science. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to model development by an early- to mid-career researcher. It comprises a certificate signed by the Chairs of the WCRP JSC and WWRP SSC as well as funding for the recipient to present the results of their research at a major relevant conference or meeting of their choice.
As the demand for more accurate regional weather and seasonal predictions as well as climate projections increases the need to improve the weather and climate models that underpin those predictions and projections becomes more urgent.
In recognition of the essential role model development plays to weather and climate science, the WCRP and WWRP are seeking nominations for the “WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development”. The prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to weather and climate model development by an early- to mid-career researcher. It comprises a certificate signed by the Chairs of the WCRP JSC and WWRP SSC as well as funding for the recipient to present the results of their research at a major relevant conference or meeting of their choice.
Candidates must have at least two years of demonstrated experience in model development and be within the first ten years of their career (as measured by receipt of their PhD or equivalent highest qualification).
Candidates who have contributed to improved models of any component of the Earth System are eligible to receive the prize.
The candidates should be nominated by filling in the nomination form (PDF version) or (Word version). This includes a statement from the proposer (preferably a person with a good knowledge of the candidates work) and as well as from a seconder. These statements should detail why the candidate should receive the award. This should be supported by (3 most recent and relevant) papers or technical notes documenting the model improvement and evidence of the candidate’s individual contribution, as well as the candidate’s CV.
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