Wunsch awarded Prince Albert I Medal 2021

Read the announcement at the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO)

Carl Wunsch, the EAPS Professor Emeritus of Physical Oceanography, has been awarded the 2021 Prince Albert I Medal, recognizing “his groundbreaking contributions to the development of modern physical oceanography.”

Prof. Wunsch pioneered the use of satellite altimetry, was the intellectual and creative driving force behind the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, established the modern practice of global ocean state estimation to synthesize observations and models, contributed seminal studies to improve our understanding of the global ocean circulation and its role in climate, and with Walter Munk, invented acoustic ocean tomography and established the contemporary paradigm of the global overturning circulation as a mechanically-driven phenomenon.

His commitment to education produced a list of former students, postdoctoral researchers, and collaborators that reads like a Who’s Who of Physical Oceanography.

Wunsch will deliver the Prince Albert I Memorial Lecture this July; however, the award presentation will occur at the IUGG General Assembly in Berlin in July 2023.

Story Image: Carl Wunsch Credit: EAPS News