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Isaac Meyer Held

FRONTIERS OF KNOWLEDGE LAUREATE

Climate Change

4th edition

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Climate Change goes in this fourth edition to Isaac Meyer Held, for his fundamental and pioneering contributions to our understanding of the structure of atmospheric circulation systems and the role of water vapor – the most important greenhouse gas – in climate change.  

CITATION (EXCERPT)

Professor Isaac Held is granted the award for fundamental and pioneering contributions to our understanding of the structure of atmospheric circulation systems and the role of water vapor, the most important greenhouse gas, in climate change.

Professor Held’s contributions have been pivotal in understanding tropical circulations and climate patterns, and the climate in the mid-latitudes, e.g., European and North American climates. His ideas have laid the basis for our interpretation of how, in a warming world, the hydrological cycle and other emergent properties of the climate system (such as the distributions of winds and storms) can be related to basic physical principles.

Professor Held’s accomplishments have been critical in assessing the robustness and limitations of complex models used to predict climate change.