No. 994 - WMO Honours Outstanding Scientists and Leaders

No. 994 - WMO Honours Outstanding Scientists and Leaders



27 June 2014
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WMO Honours Outstanding Scientists and Leaders

Geneva, 27 June 2014 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization’s Executive Council has awarded WMO’s most prestigious prize to Dr Alexander Bedritskiy of the Russian Federation, the President Emeritus of WMO since 2011, for his outstanding work in meteorology, climatology, hydrology and related sciences.

Dr Bedritskiy won the IMO Prize, named after WMO’s predecessor organization the International Meteorological Organization, for his life-long contribution to meteorology.

Dr Bedritskiy served as WMO President from 2003 to 2011. He made a major contribution to strengthening the Organization and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and to promote recognition for their contributions to human well-being. He worked to deepen international cooperation and to ensure that the scientific expertise of  WMO and meteorological services was better recognized in the broader international agenda, in particular post-2015 sustainable development and the UN climate change negotiating process and . He promoted a number of initiatives to improve observing systems and data exchange, training capacity and research – especially in Polar regions. He was a member of the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability from 2010-2012.

Dr Bedritskiy is the 59th IMO laureate. The selection was made during WMO’s annual Executive Council (18-27 June 2014). The award ceremony for Dr Bedritskiy will be held during the World Meteorological Congress in May-June 2015.

The Executive Council also honoured 2013 IMO prize winner Dr Tillmann Mohr, who delivered a scientific lecture on “the Global Meteorological Satellite System – one of WMO’s outstanding success stories.”

Dr Mohr’s lecture focused on how advances in satellite technology have dramatically contributed to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts as well as the understanding of the atmosphere and oceans. He addressed future challenges, including the need to prepare for the use of a new generation of meteorological satellites.

Dr Mohr’s involvement with satellite activities started in 1971 and continued for the rest of his career. He was President of the German Weather Service and Permanent Representative of Germany with WMO from 1992 until 1994. He was Director-General of EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) from 1994 to 2004.

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