Professor Corinne Le Quéré awarded Environmental Sciences 2020 Prize

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5 June 2020

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(Credit: Heineken Prizes)

Professor Corinne Le Quéré has been awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences 2020 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Heineken Prizes are the Netherlands’ most prestigious international science prizes, awarded every two years to five leading researchers from around the world.

Professor Le Quéré is a NERC-funded scientist, professor of climate change science at the University of East Anglia and former director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She was recognised for her interdisciplinary research on the impact of climate change on carbon dioxide uptake in the oceans.

Le Quéré was the first to identify a possible weakening in CO uptake in the Antarctic Ocean associated with ozone depletion, and to quantify the impact of climate change and variability on global CO2 uptake in the oceans in recent decades.

Her research has been supported by a series of NERC grants, most recently for the Southern Ocean optimal Approach To Assess the carbon state, variability and climatic drivers (SONATA) project.

Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair of NERC, said:

“Professor Corinne Le Quéré’s research has been fundamental in shaping our understanding of the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. This prize is recognition of her outstanding contribution to environmental science, which will shape policy and practice for years to come.”

For more information, go to Heineken Prizes. 

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