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Governing Board member Martin Visbeck receives Henry Stommel Research Medal

Martin Visbeck received the prestigious award of the American Meteorological Society in recognition of his contributions to understanding ocean circulation and mixing, and the role of the oceans in climate.

Martin Visbeck, who was elected to the ISC’s Governing Board in July 2018, received the honours during the recent American Meteorological Society annual meeting. The Henry Stommel Research Medal is the highest award that the American Meteorological Society can bestow on a oceanographer.

Martin Visbeck is head of the Physical Oceanography research unit at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, and professor at Kiel University, Germany.

His research interests revolve around ocean dynamics and the ocean’s role in the climate system with particular emphasis on the Atlantic. Internationally he supports ocean and climate science, integrated global ocean observation and ocean sustainable development.

He serves on a number of national and international advisory committees including the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and leadership council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He chairs the German Future Earth Committee, the German Sustainability Platform 2030 and the Advisory Committee for Earth Observations at ESA. He is President-Elect of The Oceanography Society (TOS), and was elected fellow of the AGU, AMS, and the European Academy of Sciences.

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