Axel Timmermann, researcher at the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been selected by the European Geosciences Union to receive the 2017 Milutin Milanković Medal. The Milanković Medal is conferred on climate scientists who are recognized for “outstanding research in long term climatic changes and modeling.” Timmermann certainly fits the bill, with his research ranging widely across climate topics, from El Niño/Southern Oscillation dynamics to sea level rise forecasting, from climate drivers of human migration to glacial reconstructions in Hawaiʻi and from ocean acidification to ocean circulation.
He has received several previous awards and honors, including being a co-author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 3rd and 5th Assessment Reports and most recently, being elected an AGU fellow in 2015.
“I am excited that our numerical modeling and theoretical work on glacial cycle dynamics has received such widespread recognition and acceptance. It is an honor to be connected in spirit to the grandmaster of the astronomical theory of ice ages,” said Timmermann.
Among many other important contributions to climate science, Milutin Milanković, whom the award is named after, showed a correlation between the long swings in Earth’s climate, seen as glacial and interglacial periods, and a combination of three astronomical cycles associated with Earth’s eccentricity, axial tilt and precession.