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GFDL Scientist Recognized with International Prize for Model Development

December 23rd, 2019

Baoqiang Xiang
Baoqiang Xiang

GFDL scientist Baoqiang Xiang has been awarded the International Prize for Model Development from the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). Dr. Xiang is being recognized for his skill in developing multiple modeling systems, and in particular for leading the development of GFDL’s next generation coupled atmosphere-ocean models for prediction on the challenging seasonal-to-subseasonal timescale.

Dr. Xiang’s research focuses on tropical dynamics, climate change and predictions, and numerical model development and applications. He developed the first subseasonal prediction system at GFDL, which has been applied to the prediction of tropical cyclone genesis, surface air temperature, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). The MJO prediction skill (about 27 days) of this model outperforms all other U.S. models. Dr. Xiang combines superb numerical modeling capability with an ability to elucidate profound physical insights into complex phenomena. He has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed papers, which have been cited over 1,500 times. He collaborates with many other model developers and scientists within the US and around the world, and is leading GFDL’s contribution to the Global Monsoon Model Intercomparison Project. He currently serves as an editor for Journal of Climate. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from China, Dr. Xiang obtained a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Hawaii.

As the demand for more accurate regional weather and seasonal predictions as well as climate projections increases, the need to improve the weather and climate models that underpin those predictions and projections becomes more urgent. This prize was established in recognition of the essential role model development plays to weather and climate science. Awarded annually to an early- to mid-career researcher for an outstanding contribution to model development for the Earth System, its components and their coupling, the award comprises a certificate signed by the Chairs of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee and WWRP Scientific Steering Committee, as well as funding for the recipient to present the results of their research at a major relevant conference or meeting of their choice.