AOS Research Oceanographer Alistair Adcroft, a CIMES researcher, is among 108 distinguished scientists to receive accolades from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world’s largest Earth and space science society. Selected by AGU as a 2021 Ocean Sciences section honoree on the basis of meritorious work or service toward the advancement and promotion of discovery and solution science, Adcroft was honored with the Ocean Sciences Award. Presented biennially, the award recognizes outstanding leadership or service to the ocean sciences by a senior scientist.
Adcroft's work primarily centers around numerical models of ocean circulation -- both global scale and small -- although he has also developed an iceberg model for use in climate models and assisted in the development of sea-ice models. As the GFDL ocean working group lead, Adcroft is tasked with developing the ocean and sea ice components of the coupled climate and earth system models.
As a proponent of open-source science and software, Adcroft’s team follows an open development paradigm for building GFDL’s new ocean model, MOM6, available on GitHub.
Established in 1982, the Ocean Sciences Award is presented at the Ocean Sciences section luncheon during the AGU Fall Meeting.