Applications invited for WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize 2019 in Climate Change

Applications invited for WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize 2019 in Climate Change

Organization: World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

Event Duration: 20 Aug. 2019 - 30 Sep. 2019

Apply By: 30 Sep 2019

About the Organization

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) mission is to facilitate the analysis and prediction of Earth system variability and change for use in an increasing range of practical applications of direct relevance, benefit and value to society. The two overarching objectives of the WCRP are to determine the predictability of climate and to determine the effect of human activities on climate.


The development of high-quality, real-world data sets constitutes an on-going need of the climate research, observations, and modelling communities and their joint activities. Key areas in data collection for climate change research still remain under-sampled today, also affecting efforts in climate model calibration, evaluation, and reanalysis.

About the Award

Recognizing this need for further advancing climate observations and their coordination, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) are seeking nominations for the 2019 edition of the “WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize”. The prize is awarded annually to an early- to mid-career researcher for his or her outstanding contribution to the Earth system science community. The WCRP/GCOS Data Prize may honour achievements in data product generation, data management, data preservation, data monitoring, and other data relevant activities.


Candidates should:

  • Be within the first ten years of their career as measured by receipt of a PhD or equivalent highest qualification
  • Have made a significant contribution to the provision of climate or Earth system data, preferably with a visible impact on and by studies based on said data
  • Have visible achievements within the wider community as demonstrated through publications, editorships, organizing or convening activities, and/or strong engagement in community efforts for data provision, standardization, and utilization


The prize encompasses a certificate signed by the Chairs of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee and the GCOS Steering Committee, as well as funding for the recipient to present the results of their research at a major conference or meeting of their choice.

Selection process:

The candidates should be nominated by filling in the 2019 nomination. This includes a statement from the proposer (preferably a person with a good knowledge of the candidate’s work) as well as from a seconder. These statements should specifically address the above selection criteria. The application should also be supported by: up to 3 papers or technical notes documenting the nature and impact of the data collection that was compiled or to which access was significantly facilitated; evidence of the candidate’s individual contribution; and the candidate’s CV.

How to Apply

Nominations should be sent by email to WCRP (mrixen@wmo.int ) and GCOS (gcos@wmo.int ) offices and must be received before 30 September 2019. The winner will be announced within 10 weeks of the nomination closing date.

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