WCRP congratulates the 2020 winners of the WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development, Dr Hella Garny (DLR, Germany), and the WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize, Drs Laia Comas-Bru (University of Reading, UK) and Lijing Cheng (IAP, China).
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 the prizes to:
Hella Garny is a research scientist and junior research group leader at the DLR Institute for Atmospheric Physics and holds a Junior professorship at LMU Munich. Her research interests are stratospheric dynamics and transport in a changing climate, to which end she deploys and contributes to the development of atmospheric models of varying complexity.
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 decided to award two prizes to:
- Dr Laia COMAS-BRU
- Dr Lijing CHENG
Laia Comas-Bru is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Reading (UK). She uses the geochemical characteristics of speleothems (cave formations) to examine the role of regional drivers in shaping local and regional climate conditions, as well as for climate model output evaluation. She spearheaded the PAGES-sponsored SISAL (Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and Analysis) working group, which developed the first global data synthesis of speleothem stable isotope records.
Lijing Cheng is an associate professor from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. His current research includes improving the quality of ocean temperature and salinity measurements, estimating ocean heat and salinity changes, and understanding the flow of heat and salt/freshwater in the climate system.