Professor Friedlingstein is Chair in Mathematical Modelling of Climate Systems, and his research focuses on the field of global carbon cycle and global biogeochemical cycles. 

Exeter climate scientist secures distinguished international award

A world-leading climate scientist from the University of Exeter has been honoured with a prestigious international science award.

Professor Pierre Friedlingstein, from the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences has been given a Humboldt Research Award.

The award is valued at €60,000 and is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date, including fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline. Recipients are also chosen on the basis that they are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

The award will allow Professor Friedlingstein the opportunity to spend up to a year collaborating on a long-term research project with colleagues at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany.

Professor Friedlingstein, from Exeter’s Mathematics department, said he was honoured to be given the influential award. He said: “It is a great honour to receive the Humboldt Research Award. I’m really looking forward working with my colleagues at the Max-Planck Institute in Hamburg on several new exciting projects, such as the predictability of the global carbon cycle.”

Professor Friedlingstein is Chair in Mathematical Modelling of Climate Systems, and his research focuses on the field of global carbon cycle and global biogeochemical cycles.  More specifically, he is interested in the interactions between the climate system and the biogeochemical cycles over time scales ranging from glacial interglacial to future IPCC-like projections.

Professor Ken Evans, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences said: “I am absolutely delighted that Pierre has been recognised with this honour, it is richly deserved. It reflects not only Pierre’s continued, outstanding work into the crucial area of climate research, but also the world-class research taking place within the College. We are all delighted that he has received this considerable award.”

Date: 13 May 2019

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