Prof Zaviša Janjic wins IMO Prize

Prof Zaviša Janjic wins IMO Prize

23 May 2013


Prof Zaviša Janjic has received the IMO Prize – the World Meteorological Organization’s most prestigious award for his outstanding contributions to meteorology, climatology, hydrology and related sciences.

Prof Janjic accepted the award for his life-long contributions to the advancement of theory and practice of atmospheric modelling and numerical weather prediction at a ceremony 22 May during WMO’s Executive Council meeting. The ceremony was attended by Betty King, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, and Jugolas Nikolic, Deputy Director of the Republic Hydrometerological Service of Serbia and Permanent Representative with WMO.

Professor Janjic (Serbia / U.S.A.) is currently a research meteorologist with the U.S. National Center for Environmental Prediction.

”The work that Prof Janjic has performed in the United States has allowed him to enhance the atmospheric models he initially developed in his country of origin,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “Those atmospheric models are today the standard for short term weather forecasting by various national weather service offices and  colleges in the United States and they can help predict the tracks and intensity of hurricanes such as Sandy.” 

“Prof Janjic devoted more than 40 years of his life to meteorology – it is not surprising that today he is awarded with the highest recognitition in the field,” said WMO President David Grimes. ”He has been the leading scientific developer of four generations of atmospheric models used for years at scientific and educational insitutions, weather services and forecasting,climate research as well as for other applications.”

The IMO prize originates from WMO's predecessor, the International Meteorological Organization.

Norbert-Gerbier-MUMM International Award

Three scientists who authored a paper that examined the prominent role of human-made aerosols in shaping regional climate change over South Asia collected the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2013. 

Drs. Massimo Bollasina, Yi. Ming, and V. Ramaswamy authored the paper entitled “Anthropogenic aerosols and the weakening of the South Asian Summer Monsoon” published in “Science” in October 2011, Volume 334, No. 6055.

Dr Bollasina is with Princeton University in (U.S.A.) and Dr Ming and Dr Ramaswamy are with Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S.A.

The paper noted that observations show that South Asia underwent a widespread summertime drying trend during the second half of the 20th century, but it was unclear whether this trend was due to natural variations or human activities. The authors used a series of climate model experiments to investigate the South Asian monsoon response to natural and anthropogenic forcings. They found that the observed precipitation decrease can be attributed mainly to human-influenced aerosol emissions.