The 2019 prize winners of the WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development and the WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize were announced at the WCRP 40th Anniversary Symposium in San Francisco on 8 December 2019. There were many exceptional nominations for both prizes and the Prize Committees wish to express their appreciation to all nominees, proposers, and seconders for the high-quality of the applications received. The prize includes a certificate and funding for the recipient to present the results of his/her research at a major relevant conference or meeting of his/her choice.

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Above: Prize-giving of the WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize at the WCRP 40th Anniversary Symposium in San Francisco. From left: Pavel Kabat (WMO Chief Scientist), Detlef Stammer (Chair, WCRP), Phu Nguyen, Stephen Briggs (Chair, GCOS), Helen Cleugh (Vice-chair, WCRP), Hamed Ashouri.

WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development

This prize is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to model development by an early- to mid-career researcher. After careful consideration, the Prize Committee, consisting of representatives from WCRP, the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP), and the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE), decided to award two prizes to:

  • Dr Clément ALBERGEL
  • Dr Baoqiang XIANG

Clément Albergel is a research scientist from CNRS, the French National Research Centre, currently working in the research department of Météo-France (CNRM). He has experience in land surface modeling, remote sensing of soil moisture and vegetation, as well as in data assimilation.

Baoqiang Xiang is a project scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in the USA. His research interests include weather and climate change prediction, air-sea interactions, model development, and simulation.

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Above: WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development 2019 winners Clément Albergel (left) and Baoqiang Xiang (right).

WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize

The Prize committee, consisting of representatives from WCRP, Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and their joint panels the Atmospheric Observation Panel for Climate (AOPC), the Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC) and the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC), was likewise impressed by the outstanding candidates nominated this year and also decided to award two prizes to:
  • Dr Phu NGUYEN
  • Dr Hamed ASHOURI

Phu Nguyen is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing (CHRS), Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, University of California-Irvine, USA. His research is on flood modeling and forecasting, and the development of various global precipitation products observed by satellites.

Hamed Ashouri is the Lead Risk Modeler at Risk Management Solutions (RMS), Inc., Newark, CA, where his research interests include hydrology, climate data records, climatology, climate extremes, remote sensing, precipitation, machine learning, and advanced data analysis He undertook his PhD at the University of California-Irvine and continues to be engaged in refining data products, working with Dr. Phu Nguyen.

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Above: WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize 2019 winners Phu Nguyen (left) and Hamed Ashouri (right).