Helge Gößling awarded with first prize for understandable science

Ulrich Bohrn (left) and Helge Gößling (right) were both awarded with the first prize in the competition "Understanding science". Photo: Klaus-Dieter Sonntag.

Climate researcher Helge Gößling was awarded with the first prize in the competition “Understanding science" of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig for his presentation „Wo der Regen herkommt“ („Where the rain comes from“).

In his presentation, Helge Gößling vividly explained how precipitation forms and how global computer simulations can display the complex coherences between precipitation and evaporation. He wrote his doctoral thesis entitled „Continental moisture recycling and evaporation-precipitation coupling: water as passive tracer and as active component“ at the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modeling (IMPRS-ESM) in the department The Land in the Earth System. The IMPRS-ESM is led by the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and the University of Hamburg. In October 2012 Helge Gößling joined the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven.

The competition “Understanding science” aims to promote the discussion of doctoral thesis subjects from a popular science perspective in order to support the communication with journalists, politicians and the public. Seven finalists were selected from 44 submitted entries to present their contributions to a jury and the public. Additionally, the magazine "Spektrum der Wissenschaft" presents the entries of all finalists in its current December issue. Contact:

Further information (in German): http://www.ufz.de/index.php?de=31190

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