The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change goes to Klaus Hasselmann.
“Prof. Klaus Hasselmann has crucially advanced the frontiers of scientific and public understanding of climate change by developing methods which established that recent global warming trends are primarily attributable to human activities.
He was able to develop these insights through his unique combination of mathematical skills and deep understanding of the fundamental properties of the ocean-atmosphere-land system. This formed the basis for his development of a ‘fingerprinting’ method that separated the influence of natural phenomena from that of anthropogenic accumulations of atmospheric greenhouse gases.
This landmark research overcame the prior difficulty of discriminating between human impacts and natural contributions to observed climate change. Prof. Hasselmann’s research findings were central to the recent (2007) assessment of human impacts by Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His sustained efforts have also played a key role in forging a widely-recognized research community on climate change.”