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Professor Kuo-Nan Liou is the 2013 AGU Roger Revelle Medalist

liouThe American Geophysical Union has selected Professor Kuo-Nan Liou to receive the prestigious 2013 Roger Revelle Medal.   The medal recognizes a single individual for their “outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate, or related aspects of the Earth system.”  Celebration of all awards for the year will be held in conjunction with the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting during the Honors Ceremony and Banquet on December 11.  

The Revelle Medal was established in 1991 in honor of Roger Revelle, who made substantial contributions to the awareness of global change.  Revelle was internationally known for his significant contributions to the study of oceanography.  Prior medalists include Ralph Cicerone (Atmospheric Chemist, President, National Academy of Sciences), James Hansen (Climate Scientist), Sherwood Rowland (Atmospheric Chemist, Nobel Laureate, 1995) and Edward Lorenz (Meteorologist, Pioneer of Chaos Theory and “The Butterfly Effect”). 

Dr. Liou is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and jointly appointed by the Electrical Engineering Department. He is also the Founding Director of the UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering (JIFRESSE), a research institute with a mission to study and develop projects on global climate change and its impact on regional climate and environment. Professor Liou’s recent work focuses on radiative transfer and satellite remote sensing in mountain/snow regions and the deposition of black carbon and dust over these areas in association with surface temperature and snowmelt amplification and feedback. Professor Liou is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica (National Academy of Sciences, Taiwan).

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