Researcher Laia Comas-Bru receives WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize 2020
11 December 2020
The visiting researcher of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research Laia Comas-Bru has received the WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize 2020. 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.
The Prize committee consisted of representatives from World Climate Research Programme, 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).
The prize encompasses a certificate signed by the Chairs of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee and the GCOS Steering Committee, as well as funding for the recipient to present the results of their research at a major conference or meeting of their choice. The WCRP/GCOS Data Prize was established in 2016 and is awarded annually in conjunction with the “WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development”, which was first awarded in 2014. Together, these two prizes for notable achievements in model and data development aim to honour, recognize, and foster research activities in their respective fields, as well as stress their mutual interdependence
We congratulate her for this prize and recognition.