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Outstanding Climate Research: The 2013 Köppen Award goes to Vienna and Hamburg


Two new talents have managed to impress the Wladimir Peter Köppen Award judges. The committee announced today that Franziska Strauss from the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Vienna (doctorate from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) and Sebastian Bathiany from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (doctorate from the University of Hamburg) have been awarded the prize in recognition of their outstanding dissertations in the field of climate research. The 2,500€ research prize, which is awarded annually by the Cluster of Excellence “Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction” (CliSAP) will be presented at a ceremony in January 2014.

Award recipient Sebastian Bathiany: His study can help to assess climate models, improving their accuracy.

Franziska Strauss has developed a practical statistical model for regional climate predictions in Austria, allowing the levels of and variations in crop yields to be estimated for the next thirty years. According to the judges, “Strauss’s concrete application of the results to crop yields is both innovative and groundbreaking. She has substantially contributed to our understanding of future developments in the context of a scientifically based agricultural policy.”

Did an abrupt climate change put an end to the wet period in Africa over 5,000 years ago? To answer this question, Sebastian Bathiany explored various ways of investigating and interpreting changes in the vegetation (e.g. from green to desert-like). Using a coupled vegetation-and-atmosphere climate model, he analyzed equilibrium states and their stability in the face of disturbances. In the eyes of the jury, “His work is highly innovative and adds considerably to our understanding of climate systems.”

“Both researchers have produced pioneering work,” said Detlef Stammer, deputy spokesman for the CliSAP Cluster of Excellence at the KlimaCampus. “These are exactly the talents that we want to honor with the Köppen Award and at the same time provide a further incentive for young academics.”

Contact Köppen Award:
Dr. Ingo Harms
University of Hamburg, KlimaCampus
Exzellenzcluster CliSAP
Tel.: 040 / 42838 - 4206