Shukla Receives International Meteorological Prize

Posted: June 4, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jagadish Shukla
Jagadish Shukla

The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) awarded Jagadish Shukla, Distinguished Professor of Climate Dynamics, with the 52nd International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize at its annual meeting held recently in Geneva.

The IMO prize is awarded annually for outstanding work in the field of meteorology and is considered the highest international award in the field. Previous winners have included well-known scientists from around the globe. The prize winner is selected from nominations of ministers of foreign affairs of WMO members. The prize includes a gold medal and a monetary award.

Shukla is no stranger to national and international recognition at the highest levels. In 2005, he received the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society, and in 2001 he received the first international Sir Gilbert Walker Gold Medal from the Indian Meteorological Society.

Shukla is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific papers and has made significant contributions to the understanding of the predictability of short-term climate fluctuations. His scientific contributions include research on monsoon dynamics, deforestation, desertification, tropical predictability and climate variability.

Chair of the Climate Dynamics Program in the College of Science at Mason, Shukla is also president of the Institute of Global Environment and Society and founder of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), a premier research center devoted to an improved understanding of climate variability and predictability.

He has served on numerous national and international scientific committees.

Shukla was born in Mirdha, India. He earned his PhD from Banaras Hindu University, India, and his ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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