The Prince Albert I Medal

Albert I medal pictureIn partnership with the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans, Prince Rainier of Monaco has established the Prince Albert I Medal in the physical and chemical sciences of the oceans. This medal is named in honor of the late Prince Albert I of Monaco who, in 1919, organized the Oceanography Section of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. He also served as first president of that section. The medal is awarded biannually by IAPSO at its Assemblies.

One year prior to each IAPSO Assembly, the Secretary General of IAPSO will call for nominations for the award. Nominations must be sent to the Secretary General within three months after the announcement.

  • Prince Albert I Medal recipient 2019: Corinne Le Quéré

19 Corinne Le QuereCorinne Le Quéré, FRS, Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (2011-2018), is the Prince Albert I Medal recipient 2019, for her fundamental contributions to our understanding of ocean biogeochemistry and global carbon cycling, and her work to quantify the ocean's role in the uptake of global carbon emissions.

Professor Le Quéré has pioneered the use of innovative approaches to understanding how the ocean carbon sink has changed over geologic and historical timescales, and how changes in temperature, circulation and biogeochemistry will affect the ocean carbon sink in the future. Her leading, inspirational role in the international Global Carbon Project has led to a quantification of annual increases in carbon dioxide emissions since 2000 and created a product of immense value to science and society. A threetime author of Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Professor Le Quéré's career impacts have been particularly profound because of her exceptional engagement and communication of science beyond the realm of academia, at the important interface between science and climate policy.

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