Susan Solomon Awarded Volvo Environmental Prize

June 23, 2009

The 2009 Volvo Environmental Prize Foundation has named NOAA Senior Scientist Susan Solomon as the recipient of its 2009 environmental prize.

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded for "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries which in broad terms fall within the environmental field."

“This prestigious award recognizes and honors Dr. Solomon’s distinguished work in the Antarctic as well as her exemplary leadership during the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment,” said Richard W. Spinrad, NOAA assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research. “Throughout her career, she has coupled preeminent science with service to society. We, at NOAA are honored to see our colleague, Dr. Solomon recognized with this award.”

Solomon, an atmospheric scientist at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., will receive the award during ceremonies on November 5 in Stockholm, Sweden.

She is the second NOAA scientist to receive the award: In 1997 Syukoro Manabe, then a scientist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., was honored for his work in how to predict future changes in the world’s climate.

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded by an independent foundation, which was instituted in 1990. Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.

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