Malte Stuecker, assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography and the International Pacific Research Center, is the recipient of the 2023 Early Career Scientist medal in physical ocean science from the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO). IAPSO is one of the eight associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), established in 1919.
The award is in recognition of “his fundamental contributions to understanding the dynamics of tropical climate variability, its interactions with other parts of the climate system, and elucidating the spatial patterns of climate change”.
Stuecker’s recent studies include investigations into the dynamics of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, climate variability in the North Pacific and its impacts on ecosystems, as well as into the processes that shape the patterns of polar and tropical climate change. In his research, he utilizes observations alongside theory, hierarchies of idealized climate model experiments, high-resolution coupled climate models, and large ensemble simulations.
“I am grateful for this recognition and would like to thank the nominators, the selection committee, IAPSO, and my collaborators – here in Hawaiʻi and across the globe,” said Stuecker. “Being part of the international Oceanography community and working together on exciting research questions is a great privilege and enjoyment. I will continue working on the role of the tropical Pacific in the global Earth system and its impacts on people and society.”
Stuecker will receive the medal and give a talk on a scientific topic of his choice at the IUGG 2023 General Assembly in Berlin, Germany this summer.