The National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) has announced that two prestigious international prizes have been awarded to two researchers from the Institute: Marco Reale and Laura De Santis.
Marco Reale, a researcher at the Oceanography Section, received in Marrakech, together with Georgios Zittis, the Young Scientist Awardof MedCLIVAR: a scientific network that aims to promote better communication among different scientific disciplines and to develop a multidisciplinary vision of the evolution of Mediterranean climate through studies that integrate atmospheric, marine and terrestrial climate components at multiple time scales ranging from paleoreconstructions to future climate scenarios. The young researcher received the award for his contribution to the characterization of Mediterranean cyclones in present and future climates, his analysis of the climate/ocean/biogeochemical dynamics in the Mediterranean Sea, with a focus on the Adriatic/Ionian/Aegean system, and for his contribution to MedCLIVAR activities.
Laura De Santis, a researcher at the Geophysics Section, received the Geological Society of America (GSA) Honorary Fellow Award 2022 at the opening of the 2022 GSA meeting in Denver with the following motivation: “Dr Laura De Santis has been an exemplary leader in Antarctic geoscience for over two decades. Within this community she stands out as an exemplary researcher and coordinator. Her accomplishments in international collaboration are unparalleled. Dr De Santis has led numerous seismic expeditions to Antarctica, collecting data to unravel the intricate glacial history of this critical continent. Her work is seminal in our understanding of complex ice sheet dynamics and ocean ice interactions. With our climate warming and the rate of ice disintegration accelerating, understanding where and how the ice sheets behaved in the past is critical to predicting our climate and coastal future”.