Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Assembly fetes world climate research area and its leader



Both a relatively new world-climate research area and a person instrumental in bringing it about were feted at the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) Assembly this past July. The research area has been embodied in the Project for Intercomparison of Land-Surface Parameterization Schemes (PILPS), which actually began in 1992. Its leader, Ann Henderson-Sellers, was awarded a doctor of science degree in recognition of her 21 years of work in climate model predictions.

Said Henderson-Sellers: “I am very pleased to be able to look back on an era in which this discipline's research develops from the simplest conceivable land-surface scheme, literally a hole in the soil, to today's highly complex schemes, which include leaves, stomates, roots, and even ecological transitions.”