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Christina Karamperidou

A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology associate professor of atmospheric sciences, was honored with an Early Career Scientist Award by the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).

Christina Karamperidou was chosen by an international committee for her “significant contributions to understanding El Niño spatiotemporal diversity and associated impacts, from paleoclimate to modern times through multidisciplinary international collaborations.”

Awardees are selected every four years for their outstanding research in Earth and space sciences and for their international research cooperation.

Karamperidou’s research aims to reveal dynamics of past, present and future climate. She and her research team use climate models—from simple theoretical models to comprehensive Earth System Models—and leverage advanced statistics and machine learning techniques to model and understand the dynamics of climate and its impact on weather risk around the world.

​Specifically, she focuses on El Niño-Southern Oscillation dynamics and predictability, extreme events in response to large-scale climate variability and change, paleoclimate modeling, and machine learning applications in environmental science and climate model optimization.

“I am deeply honored by this recognition, and grateful to the nominators, the award committee, and my colleagues and students for their collaboration,” said Karamperidou. “Climate variability in the tropical Pacific, with El Niño being its primary phenomenon, is a major driver of hydroclimate extremes globally, yet many uncertainties still surround its response to climate change. Interdisciplinary research and international collaborations bring together the expertise that is necessary to make significant progress in reducing these uncertainties, and this award recognizes this.”

The IUGG Early Career Scientist Awards 2023 will be formally presented during the award ceremony of the IUGG General Assembly 2023 in Berlin, Germany. The IUGG Scientific Program Committee will provide a travel award to the assembly where Karamperidou has been invited to give a talk about her research.

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