Kerry Emanuel winning BBVA Climate Change Award

This year´s recipient of the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change Category is the American scientist Professor Kerry Emanuel. President of this year’s jury is Prof Bjorn Stevens, director of the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M).

Photo von Prof Kerry Emanuel in Lexington

Prof Kerry Emanuel. Credit: BBVA Foundation Madrid

The Jury’s Laudatio:

“Prof Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is recognized for fundamental contributions to understanding of tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) and how they are affected by climate change. By understanding the essential physics of atmospheric convection, he has unraveled the behavior of tropical cyclones as climate changes. His theories predict the observed intensification of hurricanes and typhoons with global warming. This research has opened new approaches for assessing risks from weather extremes. In addition to his pioneering theoretical contribution, Professor Emanuel is very active and extraordinarily effective in communicating the science of climate change the public and policy makers.”

He joins an illustrious list of past award winners, including Prof Klaus Hasselmann, the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. In congratulating the recipient, Prof Bjorn Stevens says: “It is hard to imagine an area of climate science where one person’s leadership is so incontestable.”

About the BBVA Foundation and the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards were established in 2008 to recognize outstanding contributions in a range of scientific, technological and artistic areas, and knowledge-based responses to the central challenges of the 21st century. The main objectives of the BBVA Foundation are the promotion of scientific knowledge and the transfer of it to society.

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Prof Dr Bjorn Stevens
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 40 41173 422 (Assistant Angela Gruber)
Email: bjorn.stevens@we dont want