Congratulations to Eugenia Kalnay, Recipient of Roger Revelle Medal

Eugenia Cooney graciously accepts an award at AGU as she smiles with the host

Distinguished University of Maryland professor Eugenia Kalnay recently received the Roger Revelle Medal at the 2019 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting.


The Roger Revelle Medal is a distinguished award given annually to one honoree in recognition of outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate, or related aspects of the Earth system.


Kalnay has had a long and prolific academic career.  Previously, she has been the Branch Head at NASA Goddard, and later the Director of the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), National Weather Service.  During those years, there were major improvements in the NWS models’ forecast skill as well as the completion of many successful projects, including the 60+ years NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis (the paper on this Reanalysis has been cited over 25,000 times), seasonal and interannual dynamical predictions, the first operational ensemble forecasting, 3-D and 4-D variational data assimilation, advanced quality control, and coastal ocean forecasting.


Today, Kalnay is a Distinguished University Professor with ESSIC, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  Current research interests of Kalnay are in numerical weather prediction, data assimilation, predictability and ensemble forecasting, coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling, climate change, and sustainability.  She has also published several highly cited papers on the need to model the bidirectional coupling that exists between the Human and the Earth Systems.


For more information about the Roger Revelle Medal, click here.