CHENG Lijing Receives The Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award


CHENG Lijing, professor of Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, has been recognized with the Fofonoff Early Career Award from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) "for high quality, impactful research on ocean observations and application to ocean heat content, and for service to the community". The formal presentation of the award will occur in conjunction with the society’s 103rd annual meeting scheduled to be held in January 2023 in Denver, Colorado.

The Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award was established in 2007, is to be given to an individual in recognition of research achievement in the field of physical oceanography. All aspects of physical oceanography are eligible, including instrument development as well as observational, theoretical, and modeling studies. It's the first time the Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award is presented to a Chinese scientist.

"I appreciate the committee and AMS for the positive evaluation of my work, and for recognition of an early career research from China. I also thank the nominators for supporting me. In my previous researches, I was guided and inspired by contribution from many pioneers in our community including N. Fofonoff, thus I'm truly honored to receive an award named after him. This award is a big encouragement for me to continue to explore the ocean and address the challenges we face under climate change." Lijing said.
Lijing received his Ph.D from Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Science in 2014. His researches focus on monitoring the ocean changes and understanding the associated mechanisms, including ocean heat content, ocean salinity and stratification changes. His dataset (IAP ocean observational gridded product) has been widely used and well recognized in the past years. He has published more than 60 papers, with more than 35 first/corresponding author papers. The total citation of is >5000 times (google scholar). His researches have been adopted by more than 20 international reports organized by IPCC, WMO among others, and have been selected as "Top-10 advances in science and technology in Chinese Society for Oceanography and Limnology" for three times. Lijing was awarded "International Data Prize" by WCRP/GCOS, and "XIE Yibing Young Meteorologist Award" in 2020; has been selected as a Lead Author for IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate within 2017-2019; Lead Author of the 2nd United Nations World Ocean Assessment within 2016-2020.
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