2013 Winner: Cecilia Bitz
Dr. Cecilia Bitz is changing how we view climate. An associate professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Department at University of Washington, her work focuses on climate and climate change in the high latitudes, especially involving the cryosphere (areas of the Earth covered in the many forms of snow and ice). Dr. Bitz uses a variety of models for her research, from simple, reduced complexity models to sophisticated earth-system models.
With more than 60 refereed papers to her credit, this young scientist has contributed to the 3rd, 4th and 5th Assessments of the IPCC and is a contributing author to the Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) 2011 report. Read more...
About the Rosenstiel Award
The Rosenstiel Award was created by the Rosenstiel Foundation to recognize persons who make outstanding contributions either towards the development of ocean science in general, or through personal research and publications towards advancement of the understanding of the oceans, including their boundaries and interfaces, and the underlying phenomena. The award is supported by the Rosenstiel Foundation through the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami.
The Rosenstiel Award was created under the auspices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1971. The AAAS administered the award through the creation of an annual selection panel. In 1980, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami assumed all responsibility for the selection and designation of the yearly award. There have been 35 awardees.
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