GENEVA 24 JUNE, 2015 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization has honoured Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE, chief scientist of the Met Office in the United Kingdom, with the prestigious IMO Prize for her outstanding work in meteorology, climatology, hydrology and related sciences.
The IMO Prize is the most important award in meteorology. Established in 1955 after WMO’s predecessor organization the International Meteorological Organization, it is awarded every year by WMO’s Executive Council to individuals in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of meteorology, operational hydrology and related fields.
Dame Julia has been Met Office chief scientist since February 2009, leading a team of more than 500 scientists working on a broad portfolio of research that underpins weather forecasting, climate predictions and climate change projections.
She has a long term career in atmospheric physics and climate science, working at the Met Office (UK), the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA).
Throughout her career she has brought innovative approaches to understanding and modeling weather and climate. She has developed and used complex weather and climate models to deliver new insights into how the atmosphere and climate system works, as well as significant advances in predictive skill and climate services. Her special interests are tropical weather and climate variability.
Dame Julia is the 60th IMO laureate and the seventh from the UK. The selection for the annual award was made during WMO’s Executive Council (15-17 June 2015). The award ceremony will be held during the Executive Council in June 2016, when she will also deliver a scientific lecture.
Dame Julia was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the UK in 2015.