Corinne Le Quéré given prestigious Royal Society research award

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University of Exeter
April 17, 2019

Professor Corinne Le Quéré, Professor of Climate Change Science at UEA, is one of just four UK scientists to have been awarded the research professorship this year.

The award recognises internationally renowned scientists from a range of diverse areas including biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, chemistry, developmental biology and physics, and allows them to spend more time on researching their area of specialism.

Corinne was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016 and was most recently awarded the 2019 Prince Albert I medal for her fundamental contributions to our understanding of ocean biogeochemistry.

She has been awarded the professorship for her work on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle and she is planning on using the award to understand the ocean’s role in absorbing carbon and how this function will evolve under a warming climate.

With the observed variability in ocean carbon currently deviating from modelled estimates, Prof Le Quéré will build a more accurate, granular model to better characterise the ocean as a carbon sink and constrain future changes.

Royal Society Research Professors are appointed for up to ten years: five years in the first instance with the opportunity to renew the professorship for a further five years.

Prof Le Quéré said: “I am very excited to receive this professorship to further my research at the UEA, and I look forward to working on the fundamental advances in carbon modelling that are needed to improve understanding of the Earth’s carbon balance in a changing climate.”

The other appointments this year are:

  • Professor Caucher Birkar; mathematician and professor at the University of Cambridge,
  • Professor Martin Hairer; mathematician and professor at Imperial College London
  • Professor Andrew Zisserman; computer scientist and professor at the University of Oxford

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.