WMO Confers Awards and Prizes
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26 June 2008: During its sixtieth Session, which took place from 18-27 June 2008, the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Executive Council conferred the fifty-third IMO Prize, the Organization’s most prestigious award, to Qin Dahe (China) for his scientific research and for promoting international cooperation in meteorology.

Qin Dahe, former Administrator of China’s Meteorological Administration and […]

The President of WMO, Mme Guiard-Gerbier, Drs Yeshanew and Jury, the winners of the 2008 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award (front row, left to right), with the Permanent Representative of France with WMO, the Secretary-General, the Ambassador of Ethiopia, and the Assistant Secretary-General (back row). Credit: WMO
26 June 2008: During its sixtieth Session, which took
place from 18-27 June 2008, the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO)
Executive Council conferred the fifty-third IMO Prize, the Organization’s most
prestigious award, to Qin Dahe (China) for his scientific research and for
promoting international cooperation in meteorology.

Qin Dahe, former Administrator of China’s
Meteorological Administration and Permanent Representative of China with WMO,
is currently a Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Working Group I. The IMO Prize originates from WMO’s predecessor, the
International Meteorological Organization (IMO). and is awarded annually to
individuals for outstanding work in the field of meteorology or hydrology. The Council also
conferred the 2009 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM
International award
on Drs. K. Krishna Kumar, Balaji Rajagopalan, Martin Hoerling, Gary Bates and
Mark Cane for their paper entitled “Unraveling the Mystery of Indian Monsoon
Failure during El Niño,” published in Science
in October 2006 (Volume 314). One of the
two 2008 WMO Research Awards for Young Scientists was won by Mary-Jane Kgatuke
(South Africa) for her co-authored paper entitled “The internal variability of
the RegCM3 over South Africa,” published in the International Journal of Climatology.
In her research, Kgatuke conducted regional climate downscaling experiments to
study the variability of model rainfall over South Africa. The second Award
went to Dr. Ying Sun (China) for her co-authored paper entitled “How often does
it rain?” published in the Journal of Climate. The article evaluates the
precipitation intensity, frequency and amount simulated by seventeen global
climate models by comparing the model results with worldwide observations. [WMO
Press Release
]

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