Adam Scaife, one of our leading scientists and honorary visiting professor at University of Exeter, has been awarded the American Geophysical Union’s ASCENT award for research and leadership in atmospheric science. The award recognises Adam who heads the Met Office’s long-range forecast research and production of monthly, seasonal and decadal predictions.
Adam has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers on climate dynamics, improving numerical models and long-range predictions and has led numerous international activities, including his current role as co-chair of the WMO World Climate Research Programme’s grand challenge on near-term climate prediction.
Commenting on the award, Adam said: “It’s a great honor to receive the AGU ASCENT Award and the acknowledgement that this implies, and I’m truly delighted.
“I’m also indebted to the Met Office for giving me the chance to pursue a career in atmospheric science, which I think it’s fair to say is one of the most vibrant areas of terrestrial physics.“
The citation for Adam and his response to the AGU can be found here.
Adam’s latest research investigates the link between tropical rainfall and our winter weather. Tropical rainfall is much more predictable than the chaotic variations in northern Europe. However, some of this predictability leaks out into the extratropics – the regions lying beyond the tropics. When it rains in the deep tropics this can trigger global-scale waves in the atmosphere that propagate out into the mid latitudes, imparting seasonal predictability of our winter weather. The research paper is now available online at the Royal Meteorological Society’s website.