Peter Lauritzen wins international award for model development

WCRP/WWRP honors NCAR scientist

Congratulations to Peter Lauritzen (CGD) for receiving the inaugural World Climate Research Programme/World Weather Research Programme International Prize for Model Development 2014.

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Peter Lauritzen (left) receives congratulations from David Carlson, director of WCRP, for winning the inaugural WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development, during a celebration at NCAR's Mesa Lab. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

The prize committee, consisting of representatives from WCRP, WWRP, and the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation, was greatly impressed by Peter’s strong profile and the high quality of his contribution to model development.

Peter, who is originally from Denmark, is in CGD's Atmospheric Modeling and Predictability section. Some of his research interests include dynamical cores for weather and climate models, remapping between spherical grids, advection/transport schemes for unstructured grids, idealized test cases, limiters/filters for monotonicity, and physics-dynamics coupling.

In making the selection, the committee considered a range of criteria, including importance of the contribution to the field and community impact, as well as supporting statements by referees.

The WCRP and WWRP established the prize in recognition of the essential role model development plays in weather and climate science. The prize will continue to be awarded annually for an outstanding contribution by an early- to mid-career researcher. Peter received a certificate as well as funding to present the results of his research at a major relevant conference or meeting of his choice.