August 2008

WMO awards in meteorological and related sciences

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International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize

The 53rd IMO Prize was awarded by the 60th session of the WMO Exective Council (June 2008) to Qin Dahe (China), for his achievements in cryosphere and climate research, his involvement in the preparation of IPCC Scientific Assessments Reports, and his contribution to meteorological services at the national and international levels. Qin Dahe is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and of the Third World Academy of Sciences. He is the former Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration and the former Permanent Representative of China with the WMO.
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The IMO Prize

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Professor Dr Vilho Väisälä Awards

The 60th session of the Executive Council (June 2008) conferred the 21st Professor Dr Vilho Väisälä Award for an Outstanding Research Paper on Instruments and Methods of Observation on O. Bousquet, P. Tabary and J. Parent-du-Châtelet (all from France) for their paper entitled “On the value of operationally synthesized multiple-Doppler wind fields” published in Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 34, 2007.

The second Professor Dr Vilho Väisälä Award for the Development and Implementation of Instruments and Observations was conferred on L. Lanza (Italy), M. Leroy (France), C. Alexandropoulos (France), L. Stagi (Italy) and W. Wauben (the Netherlands) for their paper entitled “WMO laboratory intercomparison of rainfall intensity gauges” published as IOM Report No. 84, WMO/TD No. 1304, 2006.

Professor Dr Vilho Väisälä Awards

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Norbert Gerbier–Mumm International Award

The Council conferred the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2009 on K. Krishna Kumar (India), Balaji Rajagopalan (USA), Martin Hoerling (USA), Gary Bates (USA), and Mark Cane (USA) for their paper entitled “Unraveling the Mystery of Indian Monsoon Failure during El Niño” published in Science in October 2006 (Volume 314, 115 to 118).

View online abstract.

The award will be made in June 2009 during the 61st session of the Executive Council.

group   The 2008 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award was presented on 26 June 2008 during the 60th session of the Executive Council to A. Yeshanew (Ethiopia) and M.R. Jury (South Africa) for their paper entitled “North African climate variability” ((front row, left to right: the President of WMO, Mme Guiard-Gerbier, A. Yeshanew and M.R. Jury and (back row, from left to right) the Permanent Representative of France with WMO, the Secretary-General, the Ambassador of Ethiopia, and the Assistant Secretary-General

Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award

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WMO Research Award for Young Scientists

The 2008 WMO Research Award for Young Scientists was won by Mary-Jane Kgatuke (South Africa) for her co-authored paper entitled “The internal variability of the RegCM3 over South Africa” published in the International Journal of Climatology (regional climate downscaling experiments were performed to study the variability of model rainfall over South Africa) and Ying Sun (China) for her co-authored paper entitled “How often does it rain?” published in the Journal of Climate (evaluates the precipitation intensity, frequency and amount simulated by seventeen global climate models by comparing the model results with worldwide observations).

WMO Research Award for Young Scientists

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